Fall 2017

Principal Investigator

Rajal G. Cohen, Ph.D.

Dr. Cohen's research is focused on how posture and motor performance may be influenced by psychological factors such as attention, mindfulness, and inhibitory control. She has published studies on posture, gait initiation, inhibitory control, Parkinson’s disease, and the neural connections between brain areas associated with so-called “higher functions” and those associated with so-called “lower functions.” Current projects include examination of the effects of postural instruction on factors associated with fall risk and neck pain (in healthy adults and in Parkinson’s disease), examination of dual-task costs in Parkinson’s disease, and a pilot study of the effects of group lessons in the Alexander Technique on neck pain. Click here to view her ResearchGate profile, here to view her Google Scholar citations, and here to view her University of Idaho profile.

Ph.D. Students

Jason Baer M.S.

Jason graduated from Northern Arizona University with BS degrees in Psychology and Advertising, and from the University of Idaho with an MS in Human Factors. As an undergraduate student, he worked on projects investigating hypnotizability and meditation, using EEG and biofeedback. He also worked with the Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience at San Diego State University, on a project relating ASL fluency to performance on cognitive tasks. His research in the Mind in Movement Lab investigates the influence of inhibitory control and attention on movement initiation, postural alignment, and neck pain in computer users. He is also exploring the use of postural biofeedback in the context of a dual-task paradigm.

Daniel Kral M.S.

Daniel graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a MA degree in Psychology. While there, he worked on a motor control project that sparked his interest in the field of action. Following his undergraduate studies, he earned an MSc in Health Psychology at University College London, with a masters thesis on occupational physical activity and mental health. He also worked as a research assistant at UCL and as an intern at several clinical research units. Dan's current project investigates the influences of postural instruction on mobility, balance, and stiffness in older adults. He is also interested in Parkinson's disease, gait, and cueing.

Undergraduate Students

Alena Belland
Jordan Becker
Jennifer Magana
Lacey McCormick
Skylar Soelberg
Wilson Trusty

Collaborators (alphabetical)

Jason Aldred (Neurology) at Northwest Neurological in Spokane, WA
Tim Cacciatore (Neuroscience) at University College London
Shawn Copeland (Music, Alexander Technique) at University of Idaho
Monika Gross (Alexander Technique) at The Poise Project
Fay Horak (PT, Physiology) at Oregon Health & Science University
Tom Liu (Neuroimaging) at University of California, San Diego
Bryn Martin (Engineering, Neuroimaging) at University of Idaho
Craig McGowan (Biology) at University of Idaho
Tara McIsaac (Physical Therapy) at Arizona School of Health Sciences
Robert Rinker (Computer Science) at University of Idaho
Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe (Psychology) at Washington State University
Anita Vasavada (Bioengineering) at Washington State University
Michelle Wiest (Statistics) at University of Idaho
Eric Wolbrecht (Mechanical Engineering) at University of Idaho

Alumni (chronological)

Justin Davich
Ryan Seymore
Tyler Farmer
Johanna Hoecketstaller
Amelia Warden
Erin Morrissey
Britany Smith
Isabella Orr
Abigail Villeneuve
Kennedy Woods
Yadira Zuniga
Addison Johnson
Brittanee West
Emily Botterbusch
Makayla Sundquist