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 cognitive 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.
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: We have been awarded a Summer Research Grant from the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences.
Apr, 2014: We have been awarded the Kurt Olsson Early Career Research Award for our preliminary work looking at the influence of different kinds of postural instruction on posture and gait.
Mar, 2014: Ryan Seymore has been awarded the 2013-2014 Phil Mohan Award for Academic Excellence. 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. Ryan has been working in the Mind in Movement Lab since summer of 2013. Congratulations, Ryan!
Jan, 2014: Our abstract titled "Forward Head Posture in Older Subjects is Associated with Executive Deficits" has been accepted for presentation at the 2014 World Congress of the International Society for Posture and Gait Research, Vancouver, Canada.
May, 2013: We installed our camera system! Thanks to everyone who helped out.
Mar, 2013: We have been awarded a seed grant and a Key Fund award from the University of Idaho for our work on the role of time pressure in forward head posture.