Michael Masson

Michael Masson

Ph.D. 1979 (Colorado) joined Department in 1980

Office: COR A183

I am conducting research on basic processes of human cognition and action. One aspect of this work investigates embodied cognition, especially the ways in which knowledge about manual interactions with objects is used when identifying manipulable objects (such as tools) or when understanding sentences describing interactions with such objects. My research group currently is using behavioral measures, such as time taken to make a hand action, as well as methods of monitoring eye-movements and measuring kinematic aspects of hand movements. These methods provide detailed analyses of the recruitment of action representations and of their influence on ongoing behavior.


  • Cognition and action
  • Human memory
  • Bayesian analysis of data

Faces of UVic Research video

In this video, Michael discusses his research in the area of cognitive psychology.

Representative publications

Bub, D. N., Masson, M. E. J., & van Mook, H. (2018). Switching between lift and use grasp actions. Cognition, 174, 28-36. 

Bub, D. N., Masson, M. E. J., & Kumar, R. (2018). Time course of motor affordances evoked by pictured objects and words. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 44, 53-68.

Song, Y., Nathoo, F. S., & Masson, M. E. J. (2017). A Bayesian approach to the mixed-effects analysis of accuracy data in repeated-measures designs. Journal of Memory and Language, 96, 78-92.

Masson, M. E. J., Rabe, M. M., & Kliegl, R. (2017). Modulation of additive and interactive effects by trial history revisited. Memory & Cognition, 45, 480-492.