Dr Nicholas Harris

Nicholas Harris is a lecturer in the School of Psychological Sciences at ACAP. His PhD thesis investigated the social psychological 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, Social Psychology and Statistics. 

Research Interests

Nicholas’ research interests are diverse, spanning social psychology, cognitive psychology, evolutionary psychology, learning and behaviour, and psychophysiology. Current areas of interest include stigma of people with a mental illness; the halo effect; sex differences in workplace experiences; the influence of emotional intelligence and personality on intergroup anxiety; evolutionary explanations for intergroup tensions; and the influence of category labels on evaluations.

Expert Comment Topics

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