Stephen Lea
Emeritus Professor of Psychology
University of Exeter

Information for Academic Year 2020/21

Personal web page on the university Psychology web site
Portrait by Ingmar
                Visser, Dijon, December 2007
Latest news->->-> Comparative Cognition Society Research Award Master Lecture now published in Learning & Behavior   ->->->
(lecture video available)
Latest paper on economic psychology ->->->

Research
links and lists | animal behaviour | economic psychology
Teaching
summary | animal behaviour | economic psychology | statistics | general
Administration
University | Contact | National and international
Research areas

Publications list

List of talks at conferences and in other departments

The web versions of these lists are only updated a few times each year

At the end of the 2010/11 academic year, I retired from my full-time post.  As an Emeritus Professor, I am continuing to be available for a limited amount of project supervision, if it is connected to my personal research interests.  I will also consider requests to work with me as an intern on research I am carrying out, either in field work on animals, or in projects on economic psychology.  I am no longer available as a PhD supervisor.

I am always happy to chat with students, at any level, about areas of psychology I have worked in.

Some details of my former teaching responsibilities are below.  If you hit dead links on something you're interested in, email me - I probably have the materials in my files.
University
In the past, I have served as
  • Head of the Department of Psychology (1983-1988),
  • Dean of the Faculty of Science (1993-1996),
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (2000-2003) and
  • Head of the School of Psychology (2005-2010). 
Since I have now retired from my full-time post, I will not be undertaking any further administrative duties in the university.
Animal Behaviour
  • Animal cognition, especially pattern recognition and concept formation in birds
  • Psychological mechanisms of foraging behaviour, currently including field studies of squirrels and diving birds (especially cormorants and shags)
Animal Behaviour

Until recently I was teaching the following module:
  • PSY3422 Comparative Cognition: A new, taxonomically organized look at Animal Cognition. 
  • I have no plans to continue teaching this module, but students and staff of the university of Exeter should be able to find web materials relating to it through ELE, the university's implementation of Moodle.

Some of my old teaching materials may still be found in the following places.  Note that administrative etc information in these materials will not be accurate for current versions of the relevant modules:
  • PSY1001 Biological and Cognitive Psychology: Evolution of Behaviour lectures
  • PSY1003 Practical Psychology: zoo visit component of Comparative and Developmental Psychology practical course
Contact
Whenever I am in Exeter, in normal times I expect to be around the department regularly on Tuesdays, and occasionally on other days for events such as research seminars.  As of September 2020, all this "attendance" is virtual.  None of the following means of contacting me will work on other days, except by prior arrangement. 
  • Office: Normally, in Washington Singer Laboratories room 124.  Note that this is a shared office - come in and look for me. Currently (September 2020) I am not coming onto campus.
  • Office hours: 1.30 to 2.30pm on Tuesday - but you're welcome to look for me at other times.  Covid arrangements mean that office meetings have to be virtual.  I'll try to find a way of setting up a drop-in session, but for the time being, please email for an appointment.
  • Postal address:
University of Exeter
Department of Psychology
Washington Singer Laboratories
Exeter EX4 4QG
United Kingdom
  • Telephone  (Psychology office): +44 1392 724626
  • Fax (Psychology office): +44 1392 724623
  • Email:  s.e.g.lea [at] exeter.ac.uk. 
  • Social media: I don't use Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn - sorry! I do use ResearchGate.
Economic Psychology
  • Relations of psychology to economics and cognate disciplines
  • Internet scams and other mass-market fraud
  • The psychology of debt and poverty
  • The psychology of money
  • Psychological measurements of utility
  • Psychological impacts of the tourist industry
Economic Psychology

Some of my old teaching materials may still be found in the following places.  Note that administrative etc information in these materials will not be accurate for the current academic year:

Local, national and international responsibilities:

  • Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences
  • Member of Editorial Boards for Animal Cognition, the Journal of Economic Psychology, and Behavioral Economics for Public Policy (formerly Editor-in-Chief of the first two of these)
  • Founder member and Treasurer of the International Association for Research in Economic Psychology (IAREP); President, 2003-05; Executive committee member 2002-06, and Chair of the Organizing Committee for its 2011 Conference, in Exeter.


Statistics and Methodology

Some of my old teaching materials may still be found in the following places.  Note that administrative etc information in these materials will not be accurate for current versions of the relevant modules:


General
Some of my old teaching materials may still be found in the following places.  Note that administrative etc information in these materials will not be accurate for current versions of the relevant modules:

 Document updated 1st December 2020