Dr Nicholas Harris

Dr Nicholas Harris

School:

School of Psychological Sciences

Position:

Lecturer

Qualifications:

PhD University of Newcastle

Contact Details:

Nicholas.Harris@acap.edu.au (02) 8236 8061

Nicholas Harris is a lecturer in the School of Psychological Sciences at ACAP. His PhD thesis investigated the factors that facilitate, and protect against, the development of intergroup anxiety. This research program combined self-reported and psychophysiological measures to capture responses following aversive first-hand, and vicarious, learning tasks.

Nicholas has also established a number of collaborative research programs, as well as establishing a strong student-centred teaching track-record in a wide range of undergraduate units in Psychology and Statistics.

Nicholas currently teaches units on Psychological Assessment, Intercultural Psychology, and Contemporary Psychological Issues.

Research Interests

Nicholas’ research interests are diverse, spanning social psychology, cognitive psychology, evolutionary psychology, learning and behaviour, and psychophysiology.

Nicholas’ research interests are diverse, spanning social psychology, cognitive psychology, evolutionary psychology, learning and behaviour, and psychophysiology.

Current research programs include:

  • The effect of group labels on group judgments (e.g., attractiveness, anxiety, trustworthiness)
  • The effect of sex (male/female) and relationship type (strangers, friends, romantic partners) on communicative behaviour
  • Investigations into the determinants of intergroup anxiety
  • Strategies to reduce intergroup anxiety
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Expert Comment Topics

  • Social psychology
  • Social cognition
  • Intergroup relations
  • Intergroup anxiety
  • Communication
  • Learning and behaviour
  • Categorisation
  • Psychophysiology