Brian Dalton

Assistant Professor

School of Health and Exercise Sciences
Office: ART 125
Phone: 250.807.9513

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Dr. Dalton’s research interests focus on understanding the sensorimotor control of the human nervous system using various models of study (neuromuscular fatigue, healthy adult aging, and traumatic brain injury.

Courses & Teaching

Dr. Dalton currently teaches HMKN 202 – Human Motor Behaviour I and HMKN 499 – Project in Human Kinetics.


Dr. Dalton completed his undergraduate work at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he also received a MSc in Kinesiology (Exercise and Work Physiology) working under the supervision of Dr. David G Behm.  He then went to the University of Western Ontario and graduated with a PhD in Kinesiology (Neuromuscular Physiology) in 2010 under the mentorship of Dr. Charles L Rice.  Following his doctoral degree, he completed a 2.5-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia under Drs. Jean-Sébastien Blouin and J. Timothy Inglis with a focus on sensorimotor physiology.  Prior to joining the School of Health and Exercise Sciences in July 2016, Dr. Dalton held the position of Assistant Professor and director of the Human Sensorimotor Physiology Lab in the Department of Human Physiology at the University of Oregon.



Postdoctoral Fellow, Kinesiology, 2011-2014
Sensorimotor Physiology Lab and Human Neurophysiology Lab
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
Supervisors: Dr. Jean-Sébastien Blouin and Dr. J Timothy Inglis
Focus: Sensorimotor Physiology and the neural control of standing balance

Doctor of Philosophy, Kinesiology, 2006-2010
Neuromuscular Lab
The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
Supervisors: Dr. Charles L Rice
Focus: Neuromuscular Physiology

Master of Science, Exercise and Work Physiology, 2004-2006
School of Human Kinetics and Recreation
Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Supervisor: Dr. David G Behm
Focus: Physiological and motor control factors related to sound types and volume

Bachelor of Recreation (Honours), 1999-2004

School of Human Kinetics and Recreation
Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Supervisor: Dr. Antony Card


Research Interests & Projects

Two major research initiatives within our lab are: 1) understanding the mechanisms underlying age-related differences of neuromuscular fatigue at the whole muscle and single unit levels, and 2) investigating the physiological factors underlying human postural control.  The primary neurophysiological techniques used in our lab to answer the above research questions include: single-unit microneurography, surface and indwelling electromyography, electrical muscle stimulation, and galvanic vestibular stimulation.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Kirk E, Copithorne D, Dalton BH, Rice CL. Motor unit firing rates of the gastrocnemii during maximal and sub-maximal isometric contractions in young and old men. Neuroscience 330: 376-385, 2016.

Peters RM, Blouin J-S, Dalton BH, Inglis JT. Older adults demonstrate superior vestibular perception of virtual rotations. Exp Gerontol 82: 50-57, 2016.

Power GA, Flaaten N, Dalton BH, Herzog W. Age-related maintenance of eccentric strength: A study of temperature dependence. AGE 38: 43, 2016.

Graham MT, Rice CL, Dalton BH. Motor unit firing rates of the gastrocnemii during maximal brief steady-state contractions in humans. J Electromyogr Kinesiol 26: 82-87, 2016.

Wallace JW, Power GA, Rice CL, Dalton BH. Time-dependent neuromuscular parameters in the plantar flexors support greater fatigability of old compared with younger males. Exp Gerontol 74: 13-20, 2016.

Dalton BH, Power GA, Paturel JR, Rice CL. Older men are more fatigable than young when matched for maximal power and dynamic knee extension angular velocity is unconstrained. AGE 37: 1-16, 2015.

Power GA, Dalton BH, Doherty TJ, Rice CL. If you don’t use it, you’ll likely lose it: Commentary on “Relationship between muscle mass, motor units, and type of training in masters athletes”. Clin Physiol Funct Imaging: 2015. doi: 10.1111/cpf.12248

Dalton BH, Blouin J-S, Allen MD, Rice CL, Inglis JT. The altered vestibular-evoked myogenic and whole-body postural responses in old men during standing.  Exp Gerontol 60: 120-128, 2014.

Dalton BH, Luu BL, Blouin J-S. Rectification is required to extract oscillatory envelope modulation from the surface electromyographic signal. J Neurophysiol 112: 1685-1691, 2014.

Dalton BH, Allen MD, Power GA, Vandervoort AA, Rice CL. The effect of knee joint angle on plantar flexor power in young and old men. Exp Gerontol 52: 70-76, 2014.

For a complete listing of my research activity please follow the links below.


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