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Dr Peter Cannon


School of Psychology


Contact details

  • Ph: +64 9414 0800 ext 41218
    Location: 3.16, North Shore Library Building
    Campus: Albany


  • BSc Psychology with Neuropsychology, 1st Class Hon - University of Wales, Bangor (2004)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology - Bangor University (2008)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

My research broadly covers the relationship between emotion and judgements. This effect covers behaviour as simple as how fluent (fast and seemingly effortless) motor responses result in positive emotions (and liking), or as complex as how our emotions guide or moral view of other people.

The research methods that I use involve measuring psychophysiological responses within the lab with members of the public. I often use a technique called electromyography, which lets me directly measure facial muscle activity whilst a person is thinking or performing a task. Psychophysiology lets me correlate physical changes in the body relating to emotion and relate this to the individual's environment or decisions and thoughts.


21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology) (170101): Cognitive Sciences (170200): Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 3

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 2 0
CoSupervisor 4 2


175.102 Psychology as a Natural Science

175.205 Brain and Behaviour

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Elizabeth Nath - PhD
    The influence of social presence on emotional responses to food images and tasted food.
  • Bei Li - PhD
    The use of facial hedonic measurements to explore relationships between food structure, oral processing and acceptability.

CoSupervisor of:

  • Roosevelt Vilar Lobo de Souza - PhD
    Human Values: Testing its Function, Changes Across the Life Span, and Structure
  • James Martyn - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Wellbeing in Older Adults: Group-Guided CBT Self-help for Older Adults Experiencing Low Mood
  • Amy Granberg - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Influence of a Mindfulness Mobile App on Perceived Stress and Emotion Regulation
  • Amanda Johnsen - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Understanding the Link Between Emotional Awareness, Therapy, and Training

Completed Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2017 - Verena Samir Phillip Boshra - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Getting the Feel of Therapy: Understanding Therapists’ Views and Experiences Regarding Social-Emotional Skills in Practice
  • 2013 - Setareh Mokhtari - PhD
    The Effect of Observers' Mood on Level of Processing of Emotional Schematic Faces

Media and Links


  • 08 May 2013 - Radio, Online
    Radio New Zealand Coverage: Our Changing World
    Cannon, Foster, and Grigor interviewed for the Radio New Zealand science programme "Our Changing World". Titled Science of Eating.
  • 06 May 2014 - Newspaper, Radio, Online
    Radio New Zealand News Coverage
    Sam Payne's postgraduate research on video game violence and aggression in teenagers was featured on Radio New Zealand Morning Report on 6 May 2014; The Herald on Sunday newspaper on 4 May 2014; the S

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