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Prof Pete Harris

Post:Professor of Psychology (Psychology)
Location:PEVENSEY 1 2B10

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 678342
International:+44 1273 678342

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I moved to Sussex in July 2012. Before moving back to Sussex, I worked at the University of Sheffield (2000-2012). I have also worked at the University of Hertfordshire (1988-1995) and University of Nottingham (1980-1985).

I previously worked at Sussex (1985-1988; 1995-2000).

I recieved my first degree (BSc 1st class) from UCL, where I also studied for my PhD (on the social psychology of shyness) under the supervision of Rob Farr. I was awarded my PhD in 1992 (from LSE).

I am a social psychologist and HCPC registered Health Psychologist.


I am leader of the Social and Applied Psychology subject group, one of the largest groups of social psychologists in the UK

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I investigate how we can encourage people to respond with more open-minds to information they'd prefer to reject  (e.g., about their health behaviour). The technique we use to reduce defensive resistance to unwelcome information is called self-affirmation (induced, for example, by thinking about one's important personal values, strengths or relationships) .

For more on self-affirmation, including my research, see the Self-Affirmation Research Group pages (I am third from right in the banner photo.)

I am a social psychologist and HCPC registered Health Psychologist.