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Kelly Harrison

Kelly Harrison

Faculty, Department of Psychology
Faculty, Biological Psychology
Coordinator, Behavioral Neuroscience Lab

I was born and raised in Maryland and lived most of my young life on the Chesapeake Bay. I make a joyful noise playing piano, 4-string tenor guitar and spoons. I have two cats, a dingo, and a pet steer named Albie and I haven't met a course I didn't like. Consequently I have a Ph. D. in psychology and am A.B.D. in Human Factors engineering. I taught Computer Science for the University of Florida and still enjoy programming. I also make my own jewelry and some of my own clothing.


  • B.S., Psychology, Washington College
  • B. A., French, Washington College
  • M. S., Psychology, University of Georgia
  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of Georgia
  • A.B.D., Human Factors Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • Certificate in Gerontology, University of Georgia
  • Certificate in Early Childhood Development, UGA


  • I coordinate the undergraduate portion of the Behavioral Neuroscience Lab on the second floor of Williams. I am primarily interested in neuroscience, particularly brain laterality and sex differences. I am also supervising research looking at the neurophysiology of boredom and factors underlying the development of ageism. Although not a research interest, I am fascinated by psychopharmacology s well.

Courses Taught

  • Physiological Psychology
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Nervous Systems and Behavior
  • Psychology of Aging
  • Sex Differences in Brain and Behavior
  • Methods in Psychological Research


  • Comer, C. S., Harrison, P. K., & Harrison, D. W. (2015) The dynamic opponent relativity model: An integration and extension of capacity theory and existing theoretical perspectives on the neuropsychology of arousal and emotion. BAOJ:Neurology, 004.
  • Foster, P. S., Harrison, P. K., Williamson, J. B., ampbell, R. W. & Harrison, D. W. (2015) Quantitative Electroencephalogram Assessment of Expressive Aphasia. BAOJ:Neuroology, 002.
  • Harrison, P. K., Campbell, R. W., Hu, S. R., & Harrison, D. W. (2015) Traumatic prefrontal encephalopathy and amotivational apathetic syndrome: Revisiting the historical
  • limitations of standardized neuropsychological assessments. BAOJ:Neurology, 003.
  • Higgins, D. A., Harrison, P. K., Mitchell, G. A., & Harrison, D. W. ( 2015) Cardiovascular reactivity to speech processing and cold pressor stress: Evidence for sex differences in functional cerebral laterality. BAOJ:Neurology, 002.
  • Rogers, C. S., Fox, G. E., Harrison, P. K., and Ross, J. D. (under Revision). Playfulness and temperament among older adolescents and young adults, Play and Culture Studies Journal.
  • Stremmel, A. J., Travis, S. S., & Kelly-Harrison, P. (1997). Mutually beneficial activities for young children and impaired older adults. Young Children, 52(7), 29-31.
  • Travis, S. S., Stremmel, A. J., & Kelly-Harrison, P. L. (1997). Attitudes toward intergenerational exchanges among administrators in child and adult day care centers. Educational Gerontology, 23(8), 775-787.
  • Stremmel, A. J., Travis, S. S., & Kelly-Harrison, P. L. (1996.). Development of the Intergenerational Exchanges Attitude Scale. Educational Gerontology, 22, 317-328.
  • Travis, S. S., Stremmel, A. J., & Kelly-Harrison, P. L. (1995.). Intergenerational programming for young children and dependent elders: Current status and future directions. Activities, Adaptation, & Aging, 20, 33-50.
  • Stremmel, A. J., Travis, S. S., Kelly-Harrison, P. L., & Hensley, A. D. (1994). The perceived benefits and problems associated with intergenerational exchanges in day care settings. The Gerontologist, 34(4), 513-519.
  • Kelly, P. L. & Harrison, D. W. (1994). Home blood pressure monitoring: A survey of potential users. Biomedical Instrumentation and Technology, 28, 32-36.
  • Kelly, P. L. & Kroemer, K. H. E. (1990). Anthropometry of the elderly: Status and recommendations. Human Factors, 32(5), 571-595.
  • Harrison, D. W. & Kelly, P. L. (1989). Age differences in cardiovascular and cognitive performance under noise conditions. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 69, 547-554.
  • Harrison, D. W., Kelly, P. L., Gavin, M. J., & Isaac, W. (1989). Extracranial and digital vascular events: An analysis of methods in clinical physiological treatment and research. Biological Psychology, 29, 1-9.
  • Garrett, J. C., Harrison, D. W., & Kelly, P. L. (1989). Pupillometric assessment: Novelty effects or sexual preference? Archives of Sexual Behavior, 18(3), 191-201.
  • Harrison, D. W., Gorelczenko, P. M., & Kelly, P. L. (1988). Home health care: An evaluation of the HC-3501 digital blood pressure meters. Journal of Ambulatory Monitoring, 1, 53-60.
  • Harrison, D. W., Gorelczenko, P. M., & Kelly, P. L. (1988). Home health care: Human factors and design evaluation of digital blood pressure/ pulse meters. Medical Instrumentation, 22(5), 226-229.
  • Harrison, D. W. & Kelly, P. L. (1987). Home health care: Accuracy, calibration, exhaust, and failure rate comparisons of digital blood pressure monitors. Medical Instrumentation, 21(6), 323-328.
  • Professional Society Articles
  • Kelly, P. L., Harrison, D. W., & Hodge, M. H. (1991). The category effect in visual selective attention. Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society, 29(1), 1-4.
  • Kelly, P. L. & Pollack, R. H. (1981). Metacontrast as a function of internal contour and target width. Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society, 17(5), 227-230.
  • Technical Reports
  • Kelly, P. L., Sayer, J. R., & Snyder, H. L. (1989). Xerox 6040, Xerox 6240, and IBM Wheelwriter typewriter evaluation study (Technical Report HFL-89. Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (for Xerox Corporation, Rochester, NY).
  • Kelly, P. L., Sayer, J. R., & Snyder, H. L. (1989). An evaluation of alterations in the design of Xerox typewriter manuals. Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (for Xerox Corporation, Rochester, NY).
  • Decker, J. J., Kelly, P. L., Kurokawa, K., & Snyder, H. L. (1991). The effects of character size, modulation, polarity, and font on reading and search performance in matrix-addressable displays (Technical Memorandum 6-91). Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD: U. S. Army Human Engineering Laboratory.

    Kelly Harrison

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