Welcome to the Mind In Movement Laboratory

The Mind in Movement Laboratory is located on the main campus of the University of Idaho, in Moscow, Idaho. We are associated with the Department of Psychology & Communication Studies, the Neuroscience Program, and the Graduate Program in Experimental Psychology with an emphasis on Human Factors.

The field of action research encompasses posture and movement and draws on methods from biomechanics, motor control, and psychology. Our work is inspired by the idea that cognitive factors are important for controlling action, and that, therefore, how people carry themselves can yield important insights about how they think.

A better understanding of the role of thought in action may lead to novel treatments for movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease, to better workplace design to reduce strain and injury, and to insights into how to reduce psychophysical problems associated with aging.

Latest News

February 2017

Recovery from multiple APAs delays gait initiation in Parkinson's disease has been published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

January 2017

An fMRI-compatible force measurement system for the evaluation of the neural correlates of step initiation was accepted for publication by Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group)

One of our recent papers was noted for receiving among the top 5% of views in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience in the last quarter of 2016.

December 2016

The clinical significance of freezing while turning in Parkinson's disease has been published in Neuroscience.

Tyler Farmer (lab alumnus) has been accepted to Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and will be starting there this fall.

November 2016

Mobility and Upright Posture Are Associated with Different Aspects of Cognition in Older Adults has been published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.

Jordan Becker was awarded a research grant from the University of Idaho Office of Undergraduate Research for a study of the effects of group lessons in the Alexander Technique on neck pain.

September 2016

Dan Kral presented a poster at the World Parkinson Congress in Portland: Thinking in action: Alexander technique for Parkinson's disease.

Dr. Cohen presented at a pre-conference Round Table at the World Parkinson Congress in Portland: "Beyond exercise: Effects of postural instruction on balance and mobility."

June 2016

Cognitive Contributions to Freezing of Gait in Parkinson Disease: Implications for Physical Rehabilitation has been published in Physical Therapy.

Dr. Cohen presented a talk and poster entitled Lighten Up: Modifying postural state to reduce fall risk in older adults at the Mountain West Research Consortium's Clinical and Translational Research Infrastructure Network conference.

Drs. Cohen & Cacciatore co-presented two talks at the annual conference and general meeting of the American Society for Alexander Technique in Minneapolis: "From Biomechanics to Brains: A Survey of Research Relevant to the Alexander Technique" and "Emerging Mechanisms of the Alexander Technique."

May 2016

Jason Baer completed his MS in Human Factors and is continuing on for his PhD in Neuroscience.

Abigail Villeneuve has been accepted to a counseling MA program at Montana State University.

We recieved a Key Fund award from our college to study the effects of postural instruction on muscle activation.

April 2016

Kennedy Woods presented a poster, "Measurement of Postural Control Associated with Fall Risk" at the University of Idaho Undergraduate Research Symposium.

March 2016

Jason Baer was awarded the William G. Reese Award for Outstanding Student Research in Psychology.

Addison Johnson was awarded the Phil Mohan Award for Academic Excellence.

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