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.
Spring 2023Dr. Molly Johnson & Dr. Cohen published a paper called "Altered coordination strategies during upright stance and gait in teachers of the Alexander Technique."
Riley Hayes won the Mohan award for undergraduate research and has been accepted to the MSW program at Boise State University.
Caden Benzinger has been accepted to the Addictions Counseling program at Boise State University.
February 2023Dr. Jason Baer & Dr. Cohen published a paper based on Jason's dissertation research: Does neck flexion improve performance? Effects on reaction time depend on whether responses are expected
January 2023Riley Hayes and Emma Griewe won an undergraduate research award for our project on the relation between postural tone and proprioception.