Miranda Lucas

(PhD Student)


Miranda Lucas is currently working on PhD at the University of Lethbridge, under the supervision of Drs. Barrett and Mills, with a concentration in human behaviour and evolution. For her master’s, she traveled to South Africa to study the postural threat displays of male vervet monkeys. She is extending this work through her PhD by using the same observational techniques to understand human behaviour in Canadian art galleries. The primary goal is to fully describe how people engage with visual art, and what physical and social affordances public art galleries use (or lack) to encourage a meaningful experience, one that can lead to curiosity and meaningful encounters with art, rather than feeling alienated or that these public spaces are a place that they do not belong.