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.


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.


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.


December 2016

The clinical significance of freezing while turning in Parkinson's disease has been published in Neuroscience.

Tyler Farmer (lab alumnus) has been accepted to Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and will be starting there this fall.


November 2016

Mobility and Upright Posture Are Associated with Different Aspects of Cognition in Older Adults has been published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.

Jordan Becker was awarded a research grant from the University of Idaho Office of Undergraduate Research for a study of the effects of group lessons in the Alexander Technique on neck pain.


September 2016

Dan Kral presented a poster at the World Parkinson Congress in Portland: Thinking in action: Alexander technique for Parkinson's disease.

Dr. Cohen presented at a pre-conference Round Table at the World Parkinson Congress in Portland: "Beyond exercise: Effects of postural instruction on balance and mobility."


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.

Drs. Cohen & Cacciatore co-presented two talks at the annual conference and general meeting of the American Society for Alexander Technique in Minneapolis: "From Biomechanics to Brains: A Survey of Research Relevant to the Alexander Technique" and "Emerging Mechanisms of the Alexander Technique."


May 2016

Jason Baer 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 a Key Fund award from our college to study the effects of postural instruction on muscle activation.


April 2016

Kennedy Woods presented a poster, "Measurement of Postural Control Associated with Fall Risk" at the University of Idaho Undergraduate Research Symposium.

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.

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.

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 to further develop our Lighten Up protocol.

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.

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.

Dr. Cohen presented a lecture at the Parkinson’s Power Summit, Spokane, WA: Balance, gait, and cognition in Parkinson’s disease.


Sep, 2014

Balance, gait, and cognition in Parkinson’s disease: lecture at Parkinson’s Power Summit, Spokane, WA 

June, 2014

We presented a poster at the World Congress of the International Society for Posture and Gait Research, Vancouver, Canada: Forward Head Posture in Older Subjects is Associated with Executive Deficits.

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.

Justin Davich has accepted an offer of admission to Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University.


Jan, 2014

Dr. Cohen presented a lecture for the American Parkinson’s Disease Association in Clarkston, WA: Balance in Parkinson’s disease: what it is, what goes wrong, and what you can do about it.

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.


Nov, 2013

Dr. Cohen presented a lecture at Parkinson's Disease Resource Center, Spokane, WA: Balance control in Parkinson’s disease.

May, 2013

We hosted a table on balance control at “senses and reflexes” Family ScienceSaturday, Palouse Discovery Science Center, Pullman, WA.

We installed our camera system! Thanks to everyone who helped out. Click the image below to be taken to the Lab.


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.