Motivating Functions of Emotions - Professor Eddie Harmon-Jones

What is this research about?

One of the prime functions of emotions is the motivation of behaviour. Research in Professor Harmon-Jones’ lab aims to understand the motivations associated with discrete emotions such as anger, sadness, desire, determination, and satisfaction.

This research also examines how discrete emotions are associated with perceptual and cognitive processes, and how various aspects of emotions are associated with physiological responses (using EEG methods primarily). 

Publications relating to this research:

Harmon-Jones, C., Bastian, B., & Harmon-Jones, E. (2016). Detecting transient emotional responses with improved self-report measures and instructions. Emotion, 16, 1086-1096.

Harmon-Jones, C., Bastian, B., & Harmon-Jones, E. (2016). The Discrete Emotions Questionnaire: A New Tool for Measuring State Self-Reported Emotions. PLoS ONE. 11(8): e0159915. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0159915.

Price, T. F., & Harmon-Jones, E. (2016). Embodying approach motivation: A review of recent evidence. Advances in Motivation Science, 3, 81-111.

Price, T. F., & Harmon-Jones, E. (2015). Embodied emotion: The influence of manipulated facial and bodily states on emotive responses. WIREs Cognitive Science, 6, 461-473. doi: 10.1002/wcs.1370.

Gable, P. A., & Harmon-Jones, E. (2013). Trait behavioral approach sensitivity (BAS) relates to early (< 150 ms) electrocortical responses to appetitive stimuli. Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience, 8, 795-798.

Price, T. F., Hortensius, R., & Harmon-Jones, E. (2013). Neural and behavioral associations of manipulated determination facial expressions. Biological Psychology, 94, 221-227.

Harmon-Jones, E., Gable, P. A., & Price, T. F. (2013). Does negative affect always narrow and positive affect always broaden the mind? Considering the influence of motivational intensity on cognitive scope. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 22, 301-307.

Harmon-Jones, E., Harmon-Jones, C., & Price, T. F. (2013). What is approach motivation? Emotion Review, 5, 291-295.

Gable, P. A., & Harmon-Jones, E. (2013). Does arousal per se account for the influence of appetitive stimuli on attentional scope and the late positive potential? Psychophysiology, 50, 344–350.

Price, T. F., Dieckman, L., & Harmon-Jones, E. (2012). Embodying approach motivation: Body posture influences startle eyeblink and event-related potential responses to appetitive stimuli. Biological Psychology, 90, 211-217.

Gable, P. A., & Harmon-Jones, E. (2012). Reducing attentional capture of emotion by broadening attention: Increased global attention reduces early electrophysiological responses to negative stimuli. Biological Psychology, 90, 150-153.


Social Emotive Neuroscience Lab