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Christine Harris

Christine Harris

I have broad research interests in the area of emotion and affective science. For example, I am interested in the role that emotion plays in real life decisions and interactions and in the strategies that we use to regulate our emotional states as well as those of others. Much of my work has focused on the function of different emotions including how specific emotions such as shame, guilt, embarrassment, jealousy, and envy impact cognition, judgment, motivations, and behaviors. I have examined questions as entertaining as why we laugh when we are tickled and whether dogs show jealousy and as serious as how jealousy motivates men and women to commit homicide and whether envy influences political orientation. My work also encompasses how emotion influences basic cognitive processes such as memory and attention, and the impact that emotions (and attempts to regulate them) have in a wide-range of interpersonal relationships -- from forgiving strangers for insults to avoiding medical consultations out of shame and embarrassment. Other areas of interest include issues of methodology and replicability, gender and emotion, menstrual cycle effects, and the evolutionary origins of emotions. I am currently serving as Editor of Emotion Review.

Primary Interests:

  • Close Relationships
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Evolution and Genetics
  • Gender Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
  • Nonverbal Behavior
  • Sexuality, Sexual Orientation

Journal Articles:

  • Harris, C.R. (2012). Feelings of Dread and Intertemporal Choice. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 25, 13-28.
  • Harris, C. R. (2004). The evolution of jealousy. American Scientist, 92, 62-71.
  • Harris, C. R. (2003). A review of sex differences in sexual jealousy, including self-report data, psychophysiological responses, interpersonal violence, and morbid jealousy. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 7, 102-128.
  • Harris, C. R. (2003). Factors associated with jealousy over real and imagined infidelity: An examination of the social-cognitive and evolutionary psychology perspectives. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 27, 319-329.
  • Harris, C. R. (2002). Sexual and romantic jealousy in heterosexual and homosexual adults. Psychological Science, 13, 7-12.
  • Harris, C. R. (2001). Cardiovascular responses of embarrassment and effects of emotional suppression in a social setting. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 81, 886-897.
  • Harris, C. R. (1999). The mystery of ticklish laughter. American Scientist, 87, 344-351.
  • Harris, C. R. & Alvarado, N. (2005). Facial Expressions, Smile Types, and Self-report during Humor, Tickle, and Pain. Cognition and Emotion, 19, 655-669.
  • Harris, C.R., Chabot, A. & Mickes. L. (2013). Shifts in Methodology and Theory in Menstrual Cycle Research on Attraction. Sex Roles, 69(9-10), 525-535.
  • Harris, C. R., & Christenfeld, N. (1999). Can a machine tickle? Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 6, 504-510.
  • Harris CR, Coburn N, Rohrer D, Pashler H (2013). Two failures to replicate high-performance-goal priming effects. PLoS ONE, 8, e72467.
  • Harris, C.R. & Henniger, N.E. (2013). Envy, Politics, and Age. Frontiers in Personality Science and Individual Differences, 4, 1-5.
  • Harris, C.R., Jenkins, M., & Glaser, D. (2006). Gender Differences in Risk Assessment: Why do Women Take Fewer Risks than Men? Judgment and Decision Making, 1, 48-63
  • Harris, C.R., & Mickes. L. (2014). Women Can Keep the Vote: No Evidence that Hormonal Changes during the Menstrual Cycle Impact Political and Religious Beliefs. Psychological Science, 25, 1147-1149.
  • Harris, C. R., & Pashler, H. E. (2004). Attention and the processing of emotional words and names: Not so special after all. Psychological Science, 15, 171-178.
  • Harris, C. R., Pashler, H. E., & Coburn, N. (2004). Moray revisited: High-priority affective stimuli and visual search. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 57, 1-31.
  • Harris, C. R., & Prouvost, C. (2014). Jealousy in Dogs. PloS One, 9(7), e94597.
  • Pashler, H.E., & Harris, C.R. (2012). Examining Three Arguments that the Replicability Crisis is Overblown. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7(6), 531-536.

Other Publications:

Courses Taught:

  • Graduate Course on Emotion
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • The Psychology of Emotion

Christine Harris
Department of Psychology
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California 92093-0109
United States

  • Phone: (858) 822-4507
  • Fax: (858) 534-7190

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