Welcome to 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.
Our research investigates the interconnectedness of thought and action, using tools and methods from biomechanics, motor control, and psychology. Our work is inspired by two main ideas: (1) cognitive factors are important for controlling action and posture, and (2) how people move and hold themselves can yield important insights about how they think.
A better understanding of the role of the mind 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.
June, 2015 Talk "Lighten Up! Mindfulness-based approach to postural control improves coordination and reduces fall risk in older adults with and without Parkinson's disease" and poster "Cognitive factors influence postural alignment" accepted to Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Chicago for this October.
June, 2015 Talk on Scientific Foundations of the Alexander Technique, presented at Annual Conference and General Meeting of the American Society for Alexander Technique in Boston.
May, 2015 We hosted a lab tour for prospective students.
Mar, 2015 Kenedy, Jason and Rajal are collecting data from healthy adults over 60, looking at the influence of postural instruction on movement coordination.
Mar, 2015 We have been awarded a Summer Research Grant from the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences.
Mar, 2015 Isabella Orr has been awarded the 2014-2015 William Reese Award for Outstanding Student Research. Each year, one undergraduate in the Department of Psychology is chosen to receive the award, based on superior academic performance and involvement in psychological research. Bella has been working in the Mind in Movement Lab since fall of 2013. Congratulations, Bella!
Mar, 2015 Power & Poise: Inhabiting your body every day: workshop at Women’s Leadership Conference, University of Idaho
Feb, 2015 Lighten Up: Specific Postural Instructions Affect Axial Rigidity and Step Initiation in Patients With Parkinson's Disease. published in Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair.