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Dr Neil Harrison

0151 291 3504

My research focuses on perception and action. In my experiments I use behavioural measures and EEG (electroencephalography, i.e., recording brain electrical activity) and eye-tracking.

I am currently investigating the control of prosthetic limbs, and how prosthetic hand control can be optimised through gaze training.  

I am researching several topics in experimental aesthetics. I have carried out a study investigating the errors people make when they draw portraits and objects such as houses. I am investigating the effects of connection to nature and mindfulness on aesthetic experiences.

A further research project aims to further our understanding of how the brain processes emotional stimuli.  In particular, I am interested in how anticipation of upcoming emotional stimuli affects responses to those stimuli, and how emotion regulation techniques can modify neural activity. 

My teaching covers the following main area: Cognitive Neuroscience (Year 3 optional course). I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations, and am very willing to discuss potential projects involving any of the research areas described above.


Recent Publications: 

Harrison, N.R,. & Clark, D.P.A. (2020). Mindful awareness, but not acceptance, predicts engagement with natural beauty. Ecopsychology, 12, 1-9.

Harrison, N., & Chassy, P. (2019). 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, 33, 22-31.

Johnen, A-K., & Harrison, N. (2019). The effects of valid and invalid expectations about stimulus valence on behavioural and neural responses to emotional pictures. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 144, 47-55.

Parr, J. V. V., Vine, S. J., Wilson, M. R., Harrison, N. R., & Wood, G. (2019). Visual attention, EEG alpha power and T7-Fz connectivity are implicated in prosthetic hand control and can be optimized through gaze training. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 16(1), 52

Davis, S.J., Bourke, L., & Harrison, N. (2019). Does audio‑visual binding as an integrative function of working memory influence the early stages of learning to write? Reading and Writing,

Parr, J., Vine, S., Harrison, N., & Wood, G. (2018). Examining the spatiotemporal disruption to gaze when using a myoelectric prosthetic hand. Journal of Motor Behavior, 50, 416-425.  

Harrison, N., Jones, J., & Davies, S. (2017). Systematic distortions in vertical placement of features in drawings of faces and houses. i-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.

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.