Associate Professor, Department of Psychology & Communication Studies
University of Idaho
Rajal Cohen studies the interconnectedness of cognition, posture and action, with a special interest in principles that apply across the spectrum from high performance to dysfunction. Her research uses tools and concepts from cognitive psychology, neuroscience and kinesiology to inform and inspire questions about posture and voluntary movement—in healthy young adults as well as in the context of Parkinson’s disease, aging and musculoskeletal pain. Recently she has looked at which cognitive factors are associated with postural alignment and gait in healthy older adults, at how postural tone affects neck pain, and at how biofeedback may cause a tradeoff between postural alignment and computer task performance. She is also involved in some multi-site intervention studies and neuroimaging studies.