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Dr Neil Harrison


SENIOR LECTURER IN PSYCHOLOGY
Psychology
0151 291 3504
harrisn@hope.ac.uk

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

One line of my research aims to further our understanding of how the brain processes emotional stimuli. In particular, I investigate how expectations and uncertainty influence emotion processing, and how emotion regulation techniques modify neural activity.

Another line of my research is experimental aesthetics. In a project conducted at TATE Liverpool, we analysed eye movements by viewers in the gallery, and how these are influenced by their personality. I investigate aesthetic evaluations of nature, for example the effects of connectedness to nature and mindfulness on aesthetic experiences. I also conduct research on drawing, in particular the types of errors people commonly make when they draw portraits and objects. 

In another line of research I investigate the control of prosthetic limbs, and how prosthetic hand control can be optimised through gaze training.

My teaching covers the following main areas: Cognitive Neuroscience (Year 3 option) and experiment building (using PsychoPy). I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations, and am very willing to discuss potential projects.

 @DrNHarrison



Some recent publications: 

Uccelli, S., Palumbo, L., Harrison, N.R., & Bruno, N. (2020). Asymmetric effects of graspable distractor disks on motor preparation of successive grasps: A behavioural and event-related potential (ERP) study. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 158, 318-330. 

Parr, J.V.V., Gallicchio, G., Harrison, N.R., Johnen, A-K., & Wood, G. (2020). All talk? Challenging the use of left-temporal EEG alpha oscillations as valid measures of verbal processing and conscious motor control. Biological Psychology,155, 107943. 

Johnen, A-K., & Harrison, N. (2020). Level of uncertainty about the affective nature of a pictorial stimulus influences anticipatory neural processes: An event-related potential (ERP) study. Neuropsychologia, 146, 1-8.

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, doi.org/10.1007/s11145-019-09974-3

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.