Professor Eddie Harmon-Jones

Professor Eddie Harmon-Jones

Professor Eddie Harmon-Jones


BS, 1990 , University of Alabama at Birmingham
MA, 1993, University of Kansas
PhD, 1995, University of Arizona

Contact details

Phone: (02) 9385 3520
Email: Professor Eddie Harmon-Jones
Fax: (02) 9385 3641

Office: Mathews, Room 1105

Research Summary

Research Areas: My lab studies the interplay of motivation, emotion, and cognition, employing social and affective neuroscience approaches. We investigate topics such as the effects of emotions on attention and other cognitive processes; the role of emotion and motivation in aggressive and pro-social behaviour; and the antecedents and consequences of discrepancies between cognitions (cognitive dissonance theory).

Current Research Projects:
Project: Anger
Project: Cognitive Dissonance
Project: Motivating Functions of Emotions

Research Lab: Social Emotive Neuroscience Lab



PSYC1001: First Year Psychology
PSYC2061: Social and Developmental Psychology
PSYC3121: Social Psychology
Honours Elective


Mühlberger, C., Angus, D., Jonas, E., Harmon-Jones, C., & Harmon-Jones, E. 2016, Perceived control increases the reward positivity and stimulus preceding negativity. Psychophysiology

Angus DJ; Harmon-Jones E, 2016, 'On the neuroscience of approach and withdrawal motivation, with a focus on the role of asymmetrical frontal cortical activity', Advances in Motivation and Achievement, vol. 19, pp. 37 - 63,

Harmon-Jones C; Bastian B; Harmon-Jones E, 2016, 'The discrete emotions questionnaire: A new tool for measuring state self-reported emotions', PLoS ONE, vol. 11,

Price TF; Harmon-Jones E, 2015, 'Embodied emotion: The influence of manipulated facial and bodily states on emotive responses', Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, vol. 6, pp. 461 - 473,

Harmon-Jones E; Harmon-Jones C; Levy N, 2015, 'An Action-Based Model of Cognitive-Dissonance Processes', Current Directions in Psychological Science, vol. 24, pp. 184 - 189,

For a full listing of publications, please view my UNSW Research Gateway profile.

Awards, Fellowships & Grants


  • Society for Psychophysiological Research Distinguished Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychophysiology, 2002
  • Listed in the Institute for Scientific Information’s Essential Science Indicators representing the top 1% of cited scientists in Psychiatry/Psychology
  • Career Trajectory Award, Society of Experimental Social Psychology, 2012


  • National Science Foundation (P. I.; Action-Based Model of Cognitive Dissonance), 06/2000 to 06/2003
  • Fetzer Institute (P. I.; Examining the mechanisms underlying self-report measures, with an emphasis on their cognitive, emotional, motivational, and biological substrates), 09/2000 to 08/2001
  • National Institute of Mental Health (Co PI; BAS and Bipolar Spectrum: Biopsychosocial Integration), 2002-2007 -- National Science Foundation (P.I.; Anger & Approach Motivation), 2003-2006
  • National Science Foundation (P.I.; Considering Approach Motivational Intensity within Positive Affect), 07/2007 – 06/2011
  • National Institute of Mental Health (Co-I; BAS and Bipolar Disorder: Prospective Biobehavioral High Risk Design), 2007-2012
  • National Science Foundation (P.I.; Approach Motivation, Anger, & Positive Affects), 09/2009 – 08/2012
  • National Science Foundation (co-P.I.; Distinguishing impulse strength from self-control strength as causes of self-control failure), 09/2009 – 08/2012

Affiliations & Memberships

Recent Editorial Positions:

  • Associate Editor – Emotion (2010 to present)
  • Action Editor – International Journal of Psychophysiology (2011)
  • Associate Editor – Psychological Science (2012 to present)
  • Co-editor with J. van Honk of Special Issue on the Neuroscience of Motivation and Emotion at Motivation and Emotion (2012)