Robert H. Harrison, Ph. D

Professor Emeritus

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  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests

Dr. Harrison joined our faculty in 1966. His major research interest is in the recognition of feelings from situational, bodily, facial, and musical cues. He has developed, and is in the process of revising, a test for consensual perception of affect from situational cues. A test for emotional reactions to music is in the early phases of development. A related interest is in the area of unconscious and preconscious processes, and the effects of awareness on these: subliminal perception, repression, dreaming, free association, sensory deprivation, and creativity. Additional interests are in health psychology: pregnancy-outcome, and the effects of malnutrition and maternal mood on infants’ short- and long-term development.

A related interest is in the recognition of emotion words and their synonyms from text: stories, speeches, dreams, etc. My second major interest is in the area of the effects of awareness on cognitive processes: subliminal perception, repression, free association, sensory deprivation, dreaming, and creativity. Students of mine are currently working on various combinations of these topics.

Contact

Email: hunter@bu.edu
Office Phone: (617) 353-3580
Fax: (617) 353-6933