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Christine Harris


Contact Information

Professor
Phone: (858) 822-4507
Office: McGill 5129
Email: charris@psy.ucsd.edu
Web: psy2.ucsd.edu/~charris/

Research Interests

Dr. Harris has broad research interests in the area of emotion and affective science. She is particularly 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 her 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. Dr. Harris has 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. She also has studied 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, and the evolutionary origins of emotions. Dr. Harris is currently Editor-In-Chief of Emotion Review and Chair of the Revelle faculty. She will be accepting new graduate students for fall of 2015.

Selected Publications

  • Darby, R.S., Henniger, N. & Harris, C.R. (in press). Shame and Guilt: Differential Health Outcomes in Physician-Patient Interactions. Basic and Applied Social Psychology.
  • Henniger, N. & Harris, C.R. (In press). Can negative social emotions have positive consequences?: An examination of embarrassment, shame, guilt, jealousy, and envy. In Parrott, W.G. (Ed.). The Positive Side of Negative Emotions.
  • Harris, C.R. (2012). Feelings of Dread and Intertemporal Choice. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 25, 13-28.
  • Mickes, L., Darby. R.S., Hwe, V., Bajic, D., Warker, J.A., Harris, C.R., & Christenfeld, N.J.S. (In Press). Major Memory for Microblogs. Memory & Cognition.
  • Larsen, B.A., Darby, R.S., Harris, C.R., Nelkin, D., Milam, P., & Christenfeld, N.J. (2012). The Immediate and Delayed Cardiovascular Benefits of Forgiving. Psychosomatic Medicine, 74, 745-50.
  • Harris, C.R. (in press). Shifts in Masculinity Preferences Across the Menstrual Cycle: Still Not There. Sex Roles.