Kerry Marsh


Psychological Sciences


Research Interests

  • Immersive virtual reality methods (applications to interpersonal and environmental risk)
  • Ecological and dynamical approaches to environmental psychology
  • Motivational influences on persuasion, social cognition, and behavior
  • Implicit attitudes and HIV risk behavior
  • Social affordances and interpersonal coordination of movement

Research Synopsis

Studies motivational and affective processes in persuasion (attitude functions; implicit attitudes and HIV risk); social affordances and interpersonal synchrony; motivational influences on social cognition, action, and outcomes; meta-analysis of socio-behavioral HIV interventions; individual differences in control needs.

Recent News

  • Appointed Program Director, Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) program, National Science Foundation (NSF), Washington DC, August 2014-July 2016.
  • Awarded NSF grant, Building Emergency Evacuation
  • Awarded NIH grant, Implicit Attitudes and HIV Risk in Virtual Environments



Publications since 2010, indexed on Google Scholar


Meagher, B. R., & Marsh, K. L. (2014). The costs of collaboration: Action-specific perception in the context of joint action. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. doi: 10.1037/a0033850

Marsh, K. L., Isenhower, R. W., Richardson, M. J., Helt, M., Verbalis, A. D., Schmidt, R. C., & Fein, D. (2013). Autism and social disconnection in interpersonal rocking. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 7(4). doi: 10.3389/fnint.2013.00004

Demos, A. P., Chaffin, R., Begosh, K. T., Daniels, J. R., & Marsh, K. L. (2012). Rocking to the beat: Effects of music and partner’s movements on spontaneous interpersonal coordination. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141, 49-53. [download]
Marsh, K. L. (2010). Sociality from an ecological, dynamical perspective. In G. R. Semin & G. Echterhoff (Eds.), Grounding sociality: Neurons, minds, and culture (pp. 43-71). London: Psychology Press.

Portnoy, D. B., Smoak, N. D., & Marsh, K. L. (2010). Perceiving interpersonally-mediated risk in virtual environments, Virtual Reality, 14, 67-76.

Marsh, K. L., Johnston, L., Richardson, M. J., & Schmidt, R. C. (2009). Toward a radically embodied, embedded social psychology. European Journal of Social Psychology {special issue: Modalities of Social Life: Roadmaps for an Embodied Social Psychology}, 39, 1217-1225.

Marsh, K. L., Richardson, M. J., & Schmidt, R. C. (2009). Social connection through joint action and interpersonal coordination. Topics in Cognitive Science, 1(2), 320-339.

Richardson, M. J., Marsh, K. L., Isenhower, R. W. Goodman, J. R. L., & Schmidt, R. C. (2007). Rocking together: Dynamics of intentional and unintentional interpersonal coordination, Human Movement Science, 26, 867-891.

Marsh, K. L., Richardson, M. J., Baron, R. M., & Schmidt, R. C. (2006). Contrasting approaches to perceiving and acting with others. Ecological Psychology , 18 , 1-37.

Richardson, M. J., Marsh, K. L., & Schmidt, R. C. (2005). Effects of visual and verbal interaction on unintentional interpersonal coordination. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 31, 62-79.

Marsh, K. L., Johnson, B. T., & Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J. (2001). Heart versus reason in condom use: Implicit versus explicit attitudinal predictors of sexual behavior. Zeitschrift für Experimentelle Psychologie, 48, 161-175.

Marsh, K. L., & Julka, D. L. (2000). A motivational approach to experimental tests of attitude functions theory. In G. R. Maio & J. M. Olson (Eds.), Why we evaluate: Functions of attitudes (pp. 271-294). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Nasco S. A., & Marsh, K. L. (1999). Gaining control through counterfactual thinking. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 25, 556-568.

Marsh, K. L., Hart-O’Rourke, D. M., & Julka, D. L. (1997). The persuasive effects of verbal and nonverbal information in a context of value-relevance. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 23, 563-579.

Kerry Marsh
Contact Information
Mailing AddressUnit 1020
Office Location521 HTB (UConn-Hartford)