Laboratory for Cognition and Action

Updated August 22, 2016

Lab Aims

The Laboratory for Cognition and Action, located at 419 Olmsted on the University of California, Riverside campus, is one of the only labs in the world concerned with the cognitive psychology of physical action control. We use behavioral and computational methods, informed by neuroscience, medicine, kinesiology, and robotics, to explore the means by which people (and animals) plan and control body movements. We are especially interested in tasks requiring reaching and grasping of objects and in tasks requiring walking. Our work has implications for skill training, physical therapy, safety engineering, and robotics

Lab People

Many undergraduate students, graduate students, and visitors work or have worked in the lab. Current graduate students are John Huhn III and Cory Adam Potts. Former graduate students are Jason Augustyn (now at US Army Natick Soldier RD&E Center), Liana Brown (now at Trent Univeristy), Chase CoelhoRajal Cohen (University of Idaho), Amanda Dawson, Jeff Eder (now at Cleveland State University), Cathy Elsinger(now at NordicNeuro Lab), Lanyun Gong, Matt Gaydos (now at University of Wisconsin), Steven Jax (now at MossRehab), Esa Rantanen (now at Rochester Institute of Technology), Joe SantamariaJackie Shin (now at Indiana State University), Robrecht van der Wel (now at Rutgers University-Camden), and Matt Walsh (now at Carnegie Mellon University). Collaborations are ongoing with Ruud Meulenbroek (Radboud University), Jeff Wagman (Illinois State University), and Dan Weiss (Penn State).

Lab members at the last meeting of the 2009-2010 academic year.

Videos From The Lab

Colloquium at Michigan State University, March 13, 2016.

Tribute to Jonathan Vaughan (Hamilton College), long-time collaborator and friend of the lab. 
Click on the URL below or type "jon vaughan tribute" in YouTube

Haptic tracking task [

YouTube Video

End-state comfort in cotton-top tamarin monkeys [PDF]:

YouTube Video

Getting Involved

The lab welcomes inquiries about getting involved with the research. Contact David Rosenbaum (