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Psychology & Communications Studies

Physical Address:
Student Health Center 206
PHONE: (208) 885-6324
FAX:(208) 885-7710
EMAIL: psyc-comm@uidaho.edu


Mailing Address:
University of Idaho
c/o Psychology & Communication Studies
Student Health Center 206
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3043
Moscow, ID  83844-3043
Rajal G Cohen

Rajal G. Cohen, Ph.D.

Office: Student Health Center 212
Phone: (208) 885-4102
Email: rcohen@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Psychology & Communication Studies - University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3043
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3043

Psychology & Communication Studies
Assistant Professor

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 2012

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Cognitive and neural factors underlying control of posture and action
    • Changes in mobility due to age, experience, training, neurological disease, and expertise
    • The role of executive function (especially inhibition) in motor planning
    • The Alexander Technique
    • Parkinson's disease
  • Biography
    What fundamental systems and principles underlie cognitive control of action?  How are posture and motor performance influenced by psychological factors such as body schema, habit, and inhibitory control? How can all this knowledge be used to help people with pain or dysfunction? These are the kinds of questions that drive my research.

    I believe that studying action and posture can yield important insights about cognition, and that cognitive factors are important for understanding how action and posture are controlled. 

    My work is translational, in that a better understanding of the role of the mind in action may lead to novel treatments for movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and also for cognitive deficits such as those associated with aging. It is also interdisciplinary, connecting psychology with neurology, physical therapy, exercise science, engineering, and neuroscience.
  • Selected Publications
  • Awards and Honors
    • OHSU post-doc paper of the year, runner-up, 2011
    • OHSU Post-Doctoral Training Fellowships in Neuroscience, 2008-2011
    • Penn State College of Liberal Arts Dissertation Award, 2008
    • Penn State University Graduate Fellowship, 2002-2005
    • National Merit Scholar, 1987

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