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


January 2018

We recieved a supplemental grant for our Alexander Technique project from the American Society for Alexander Technique.

December 2017

Jordan Becker has been accepted to a competitive NIH post-bac training program.

Our Alexander Technique project was awarded its second grant from the Parkinson's Foundation for 2 classes in Washington, D.C.


November 2017

Our collaborator, Tara McIsaac, was awarded an NIH grant for her project on upper and lower limb coupling during driving in Parkinson's disease (on which Dr. Cohen is a consultant).

October 2017

Jordan Becker and Dr. Cohen presented a talk entitled, "Feasibility and efficacy of group Alexander technique lessons on neck pain in office workers" at the Northwest Occupational Health Conference.

September 2017

Our collaboration with the Poise Project has resulted in a grant from the National Parkinson's Foundation to study the effects of Alexander Technique group classes on stress in care partners of people with Parkinson's disease.

Dr. Cohen gave an oral presentation entitled, "Lighten Up! A mindfulness-based approach to posture and movement in Parkinson's disease" at the 3rd annual meeting of the Inland Northwest Movement Disorder Society.

Dr. Cohen gave an invited talk entitled "Connections between cognition and posture in aging, Parkinson's disease, and neck pain" for the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Idaho and was awarded affiliate status in that department.

Dr.Cohen presented a workshop: “Cognition, Posture, and Balance: current research and tips” to a Parkinson’s disease support group, Good Samaritan Village, Moscow, ID.


August 2017

Jason Baer presented a poster, Posture vs. performance in a dual task paradigm at the International Conference for Cognitive Neuroscience.

July 2017

Jordan Becker presented a poster, Alexander technique classes reduce neck pain and alter muscle activation at the Idaho Conference on Undergraduate Research.

June 2017

Our Alexander Technique project was awarded its first grant from the Parkinson's Foundation for 8 Alexander technique classes in sites across North Carolina.

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.

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