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Peter Cannon

Peter Cannon

My research interests cover a variety of affective and emotional experiences. I combine behavioural measures (such as reaction times in computer tasks, subjective liking ratings and questionnaire measures) with psychophysiological measures (including electromyography, cardiac response, skin temperature, etc.)

I am a lecturer at Massey University in New Zealand. If you're interested in studying for a PhD with me then please send me an email.

Recently, I have been examining the psychophysiological outcome of verbal labelling of emotional experiences. This work is in collaboration with Kimberly Wright and Giovanna Colombetti at University of Exeter. I've also been investigating our emotional experiences relating to morality. Specifically, I've measured muscle activity from facial expressions in order to assess emotional responses to different types of immoral behaviours. This work was with Simone Schnall at University of Cambridge and Mathew White at University of Plymouth.

My PhD was in a slightly different area of psychology than my current studies. I was still measuring facial expressions, but in relation to the fluency of responses in a computer task. What I found was that when participants made fast, highly fluent responses they also smiled more. I also investigated the automatic mimicry of emotional expressions. These studies were supervised by Steven Tipper and Amy Hayes at Bangor University.

Primary Interests:

  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Nonverbal Behavior
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

Courses Taught:

  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Psychology as a Natural Science

Peter Cannon
School of Psychology
Massey University, Auckland Campus
Private Bag 102-904 NSMC
Auckland 0745
New Zealand

  • Phone: 64 9414 0800 ext 41218

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