Welcome to the 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.

Latest News


April 2019

Malori Basye was awarded the Children of IDACORP scholarship.


March 2019

Teresa Moote was awarded the William Reese Award for Research Excellence.


February 2019

Skylar Soelberg has accepted an offer of admission from the counseling psychology program at Idaho State University.


January 2019

Jason Baer published a paper on inhibition and preparation for stepping.


December 2018

Jordan Becker published a paper on Alexander technique for neck pain.


November 2018

Jason Baer presented a poster on Posture v. Performance in a Dual-Task Paradigm at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego.

October 2018

Ramyaa Ravichandra and Teresa Moote presented a poster on the Alexander Technique for care partners at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine in Dallas.

Jordan Becker presented a poster on Alexander Technique vs. exercise for neck pain at the American Congress of Rehabilition Medicine Conference in Dallas.

Tara McIsaac presented a poster on multi-limb dual-task cost in Parkinson's disease at the Movement Disorders Society meeting in Hong Kong.


August 2018

Dr. Cohen gave a plenary talk at the 11th International Alexander Technique Congress: "Science Catches Up: Alexander Technique Principles and 21st Century Research."

June 2018

Our collaboration with the Poise Project has resulted in a grant from the Parkinsosn's Foundation to study the benefits of Alexander Technique group classes for people living with Parkinson's disease in North Carolina.

May 2018

Jordan Becker was featured as an outstanding graduate in the college news.

April 2018

Dr. Cohen was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor, effective July 1.

We acquired a grant to purchase electroencephalography (EEG) equipment for the lab.

Dan Kral was runner up at UI's 3-minute-thesis competition. (Scroll to 44:30 to see Dan present.)

Addison Johnson has accepted an offer of admission to the Genetic Counseling program at the University of Texas Health and Science Center in Houston. UT Health is the largest medical center in the world and houses MD Anderson Cancer Center, the number one cancer treatment and research hospital in the U.S.


March 2018

Wilson Trusty has accepted an offer of admission from the clinical psychology program at Idaho State University.

Wilson Trusty was awarded the Phil Mohan Award for Academic Excellence.

Jordan Becker was awarded the William Reese Award for Research Excellence.

Teresa Moote was accepted to the 2018 Summer Workshop in Cognitive and Brain Sciences at the University of Delaware.

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