Myrto’s research focuses on designing school-based physical activity interventions for children and adolescents to enhance cognitive, learning, and psychosocial outcomes. Apart from the apparent physical benefits, physical activity can improve educational (e.g., on-task behaviour, executive function, academic achievement, attitudes towards learning), as well as psychosocial outcomes (e.g., well-being, mood, and inherent motivation).
Myrto's research explores how teachers can incorporate physical activity during learning without compromising academic outcomes. Her studies provide guidance to teachers towards successful implementation, scalability and dissemination of lessons plans aligned with the existing curricula. In addition, teachers are offered different possibilities and alternatives for physical activity participation throughout the school day. For instance, classroom-based physical activities (e.g., active lessons or active breaks) are appropriate, engaging, can be modified and applied in all school settings, from preschool to high school students, involving diverse learning domains (e.g., language, mathematics, science, etc).