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

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.

May 2016

Jason Baer has 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 the Key Fund grant allowing us to support Kennedy Woods' work in the lab over the summer.

March 2016

Jason Baer has been awarded the 2016 William G. Reese Award for Outstanding Student Research in Psychology.

Addison Johnson has been awarded the 2016 Phil Mohan Award for Academic Excellence.

February 2016

Isabella Orr was accepted into the Physician Assistant Program at Idaho State University.

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 University of Idaho 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.

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.

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