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Dr Peter Cannon

Lecturer

School of Psychology

Professional

Contact details

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

Qualifications

  • 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.

Thematics

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

Research Outputs

Journal

Pawling, R., Cannon, PR., McGlone, FP., & Walker, SC. (2017). C-tactile afferent stimulating touch carries a positive affective value. PLoS ONE. 12(3)
[Journal article]Authored by: Cannon, P.
Hagger, MS., & Chatzisarantis, N. (2016). Contribution to Hagger et al (2016). A Multilab Preregistered Replication of the Ego-Depletion Effect. Perspectives on Psychological Science. 11(4), 546-573
[Journal article]Authored by: Cannon, P., Philipp, M.
Schnall, S., & Cannon, PR. (2012). The clean conscience at work: Emotions, intuitions and morality. Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion. 9(4), 295-315
[Journal article]Authored by: Cannon, P.
Cannon, PR., Schnall, S., & White, M. (2011). Transgressions and expressions: Affective facial muscle activity predicts moral judgments. Social Psychological and Personality Science. 2, 325-331
[Journal article]Authored by: Cannon, P.
Cannon, PR., Hayes, AE., & Tipper, SP. (2010). Sensorimotor fluency influences affect: Evidence from electromyography. Cognition and Emotion. 24(4), 681-691
[Journal article]Authored by: Cannon, P.
Cannon, PR., Hayes, AE., & Tipper, SP. (2009). An electromyographic investigation of the impact of task relevance on facial mimicry. Cognition and Emotion. 23(5), 918-929
[Journal article]Authored by: Cannon, P.
Bayliss, AP., Paul, MA., Cannon, PR., & Tipper, SP. (2006). Gaze cuing and affective judgments of objects: I like what you look at. PSYCHONOMIC BULLETIN & REVIEW. 13(6), 1061-1066
[Journal article]Authored by: Cannon, P.

Thesis

Cannon, PR. (2008). Does sensorimotor fluency influence affect: An electromyographic investigation. (Doctoral Thesis, Bangor University)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Cannon, P.

Conference

Cannon, PR., Fletcher, R., & Payne, S. (2017, January). Adolescents and violent video games: Does violent video game play influence moral decision-making and aggression? presented in the symposium “Negative psychological consequences of video game use? Evidence that statistical, methodological and moderating factors influence typical post-game effects". Presented at Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC XII). Sydney, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cannon, P., Fletcher, R.
Li, B., Cannon, PR., Grigor, J., & Foster, K. (2017, February). Predicting affective ratings of food images using facial electromyography. Presented at US—NZ Oral Processing Workshop. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cannon, P.
Cannon, PR., Li, B., Grigor, J., & Foster, K. (2017, February). Predicting subjective affective ratings of liquids using facial muscle activity. Presented at US—NZ Science Workshop - Oral Processing for Indulgence and health. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cannon, P.
Li, B., Cannon, PR., Foster, K., & Grigor, J. (2016, September). Facial electromyography (EMG): Dynamic facial muscle activity predicts affective rating of liquids. Presented at EuroSense 2016: Seventh European Conference on Sensory and Consumer Research. Dijon.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cannon, P.
Li, B., Cannon, PR., foster, K., & Grigor, J. (2016, May). Development of a dynamic psychophysiological technique (facial electromyography) to assess food appearance. Presented at SenseAsia 2016 The 2nd Asian Sensory and Consumer Research Symposium. Shanghai.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cannon, P.
Cannon, PR., Fraser-Clarke, S., Ziolkowski, J., McGlone, F., Walker, S., & Pawling, R. (2015, August). What role does pleasant touch play in our social experience?. Presented at New Zealand Psychology Society Annual Conference 2015. University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cannon, P.Contributed to by: Cannon, P.
Cannon, PR., Wright, KA., & Colombetti, G. (2015, May). The effect of subjective affective labelling on emotion. Presented at New Zealand Psychology Society Annual Conference 2015. Hamilton, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cannon, P.
Philip, V., Harvey, ST., Baken, DM., & Cannon, P. (2014). Understanding the relationship between therapists' social-emotional competencies, the therapeutic process and client outcomes. In 2014 NZCCP/ACPA Joint Conference: Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini ke. My strength does not come from me alone but also from others: Programme(pp. 19 - 20). , 2014 NZCCP/ACPA Joint Conference: Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini ke. My strength does not come from me alone but also from others New Zealand: The New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists / The Australian Clinical Psychology Association
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Cannon, P., Harvey, S.
Buttle, H., Mohktari, S., & Cannon, P. (2013). Emotional content and affective context. , SARMAC X Conference: Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Buttle, H., Cannon, P.
Cannon, P., & Schnall, S. (2010). Transgressions and expressions: Affective facial muscle activity predicts moral judgements. In Transfer of Knowledge Conference 2010: Program and Abstracts(pp. 29 - 29). , European Social Cognition Network 2 [ESCON 2]: Transfer of Knowledge Conference Sweden: European Science Foundation
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Cannon, P.
Schnall, S., & Cannon, PR. (2010, January). The relationship between moral judgment and facial affect. Presented at 2010 Annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP). Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cannon, P.
Cannon, PR., & Schnall, S. (2010, May). Transgressions and expressions: Affective facial muscle activity predicts moral judgments. Presented at UK Social Cognition group meeting. University College London, United Kingdom.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cannon, P.
Cannon, PR., & Schnall, S. (2010, June). Transgressions and expressions. Presented at Moral Reasoning and Emotion Workshop. University of Birmingham, UK.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cannon, P.
Cannon, PR., & Schnall, S. (2010, August). Facial expressions and moral transgressions. Presented at European Social Cognition Network 2010 Transfer of Knowledge Meeting (ESCON2). Göteborg, Sweden.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cannon, P.
Cannon, P., Schnall, S., & Tucker, M. (2009). Poster: Automatic action preparation is influenced by digust: Differences between power and precision grasps. In 10th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology [SPSP 2009]: Programme and Abstracts(pp. 234 - 234). , 10th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology [SPSP 2009] United States: Society for Personality and Social Psychology
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Cannon, P.
Cannon, PR., Schnall, S., & Tucker, M.(2009, February 5). Food disgust differentially influences large and small grasps. , 2009 annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Cannon, P.
Cannon, PR. (2008, September). An electromyographic investigation of the task relevance of emotion in facial mimicry. Presented at European Social Cognition Network (ESCON) Transfer of Knowledge Meeting. Volterra, Italy.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cannon, P.
Cannon, P., Hayes, A., Paul, M., & Tipper, S. (2007). Poster: Stimulus-response compatibility influences affective: An electromyographic investigation. In Experimental Psychology Society [EPS] and the Psychonomic Society [SP] Joint Meeting: Programme and Abstracts(pp. 88 - 88). , Experimental Psychology Society [EPS] and the Psychonomic Society [SP] Joint Meeting United Kingdom: Experimental Psychology Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Cannon, P.
Cannon, PR., Hayes, AE., Paul, MA., & Tipper, SP.(2006, July 11). Simulation of emotional facial expressions with and without attention: An electromyographic investigation. , 2nd Workshop on Cognitive and Social Perspectives on (Un)consciousness
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Cannon, P.

Other

Cannon, PR., Li, B., & Grigor, J. (2017). Predicting subjective liking of bitter and sweet liquid solutions using facial electromyography during emptying, swirling, and while thinking about the taste. In PsyArXiv
[Working Paper]Authored by: Cannon, P.
Cannon, PR. (2014, June). Facial affect measurement and oral hedonics.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cannon, P.
Cannon, PR., & Schnall, S. (2010, May). Transgressions and Expressions: Affective facial muscle activity predicts moral judgments. Presented at Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute, University of Cambridge.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cannon, P.
Cannon, PR., & Schnall, S. (2010, March). Transgressions and Expressions: Affective facial muscle activity predicts moral judgments. Presented at Moral Research Laboratory: simultaneous online presentation to researchers at University of Colorado, Boulder, Colombia University, University of California, Irvine, Duke University, University of Pennsylvania, University of California, Los Angeles, and University of Cambridge.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cannon, P.
Cannon, PR. (2010, February). Facial expressions and moral transgressions: What can facial affect tell us about moral judgments?. Presented at Department of Social & Developmental Psychology Seminar Series, University of Cambridge.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cannon, P.
Schnall, S., & Cannon, PR. (2009, November). The embodied cognition and emotion laboratory: What we do. Presented at Rainbow Group Seminar Series, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cannon, P.
Cannon, P. (2007, November). Does sensorimotor fluency influence affect?. In Body, Brain and Behaviour Group Meeting, School of Psychology, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, United Kingdom.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cannon, P.
Cannon, PR. (2007, November). Sensorimotor fluency influences affect. Presented at Body, Brain, and Behaviour Group Meeting, Plymouth, UK.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cannon, P.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 2 0
CoSupervisor 4 2

Teaching

175.102 Psychology as a Natural Science

175.205 Brain and Behaviour

Courses Coordinated

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

Media

  • 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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