Merryn’s research bridges human movement and cognitive psychology and examines how social cognitive factors influence our interactions with other people and objects (joint action, perception and attention). She is also interested in other areas of psychology such as cognitive fluency, semantic processing, and embodied cognition. She also has a keen interest in motion capture.
She held a previous post at the University of Toronto affiliated with both the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education (Action and Attention Lab) and the Department of Psychology (Visual Cognition Lab).
Her Ph.D. research at the University of Queensland focused on how social cognitive factors influence human-object interactions. Her primarily research goal was to explore how the attribution of ownership to an object influences human's physical manipulation of that object.