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Dr Neil Harrison

0151 291 3504

My main research interests lie in the fields of perception and emotion. In my experiments I use behavioural measures either alone or with EEG (electroencephalography, i.e., recording brain electrical activity).

Current research projects aim to further our understanding of how the brain processes emotional stimuli.  In particular, I am interested in how spatial attention is influenced by emotional information, how anticipation of upcoming emotional stimuli affects responses to those stimuli, and how emotion regulation techniques can modify neural activity.  

I am also interested in the interplay between science and art, and have recently carried out a study investigating the errors people make when they draw portraits and objects such as houses. I am also interested in the effects of mindfulness on aesthetic experiences evoked by the arts and by nature. 

In a more applied line of research, I am using eye-tracking and EEG to investigate the control of artificial limbs (with Dr Greg Wood). Finally, I also use event-related potentials (ERPs) to investigate the consequences of anticipation on motor planning (with Professor Michael Ziessler).  

My teaching covers the following main areas: Cognitive Neuroscience (Year 3 optional course, and MSc Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging), and Psychology in Practice (Year 1). I also supervise undergrad and postgrad dissertations, and am very willing to discuss potential projects involving any of the research areas described above.


Recent Publications:

Harrison, N., & Chassy, P. (2017). Habitual use of reappraisal to regulate emotions is associated with decreased amplitude of the late positive potential (LPP) elicited by threatening pictures. Journal of Psychophysiology

Parr, J., Vine, S., Harrison, N., & Wood, G. (2017). Examining the spatiotemporal disruption to gaze when using a myoelectric prosthetic hand. Journal of Motor Behavior  

Harrison, N., Jones, J., & Davies, S. (2017). Systematic distortions in vertical placement of features in drawings of faces and housesi-Perception, 8, 1-13.

Harrison, N., & Clark, D. (2016). The observing facet of trait mindfulness predicts frequency of aesthetic experiences evoked by the arts. Mindfulness, doi:10.1007/s12671-016-0536-6.

Harrison, N.R., & Ziessler, M. (2016). Effect anticipation affects perceptual, cognitive, and motor phases of response preparation: evidence from an event-related potential (ERP) study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10:5. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2016.00005.

Harrison, N., & Woodhouse, R. (2016). Modulation of Auditory Spatial Attention by Visual Emotional Cues: Differential Effects of Attentional Engagement and Disengagement for Pleasant and Unpleasant Cues. Cognitive Processing, 17, 205-211.

Lyons, M., Marcinkowska, U., Moisey, V., & Harrison, N. (2016). The effects of resource availability and relationship status on women's preference for masculinity: An eye-tracking study. Personality and Individual Differences, 95, 25-28.

Harrison, N., Witheridge, S., Makin, A.D., Pegna, A.J., Wuerger, S.M., & Meyer, G.F. (2015). The effects of stereo disparity on the behavioural and electrophysiological correlates of perception of audio-visual motion in depth. Neuropsychologia, 78, 51-62.