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.

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.

Lab News


January 2016 Dr. Cohen was interviewed by the Lewiston Tribune for an article on cognitive aging: Use it or Lose it.
December 2015 Kennedy Woods was awarded a research grant from the UI Office of Undergraduate Research.
October 2015 Jason Baer presented a poster, "Cognitive factors influence postural alignment," at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Chicago.

October 2015 Dr. Cohen presented a talk, "Lighten Up! Mindfulness-based approach to postural control improves coordination and reduces fall risk in older adults with and without Parkinson's disease," at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Chicago.


September 2015 Cognitive contributions to freezing of gait in Parkinson disease - Implications for physical rehabilitation was published in Physical Therapy Journal.
June 2015 We were awarded a one-year grant from the Mountain West Research Consortium CTR-IN: Modifying postural state to reduce fall risk in older adults.

June 2015 Dr. Cohen presented a talk on the scientific foundations of the Alexander Technique at the annual meeting of the American Society for Alexander Technique in Boston.


March 2015 We were awarded a Summer Research Grant from the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences.

March 2015 Isabella Orr was 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.

March 2015 Dr. Cohen presented a workshop at the UI Women’s Leadership Conference: "Power & Poise - Inhabiting your body every day."


February 2015  Lighten Up: Specific Postural Instructions Affect Axial Rigidity and Step Initiation in Patients With Parkinson's Disease was published in Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair.

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