Merryn D. Constable

img_9194-1I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Central European University affiliated with the Department of Cognitive Science (Social Mind and Body Group). My 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). I am also interested in other areas of psychology such as cognitive fluency, semantic processing, and embodied cognition.

I 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). During my time there, I explored similar research themes to my current research.

My Ph.D. research at the University of Queensland focused on how social cognitive factors influence human-object interactions. My primary research goal was to explore how the attribution of ownership to an object influences the physical manipulation of that object. Interestingly, kinematics reflect a very subtle reticence to interact with other people’s property suggesting that the concept of ownership is embodied within the visuomotor system.

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