Stephen Lea
Emeritus Professor of Psychology
University of Exeter

Information for Academic Year 2014/15

Personal web page on the university Psychology web site
Portrait by Ingmar Visser, Dijon, December 2007
Latest news->->-> Latest paper published in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes
Research
links and lists | animal behaviour | economic psychology
Teaching
summary | animal behaviour | economic psychology | statistics | general
Administration
University | Contact | National and international
Research areas Current research results: Summaries for participants

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.  I am continuing to serve the University in a part-time capacity, and in the current year this will include teaching on
  • ABH3206 Comparative Cognition
I am always willing to discuss the possibility of supervising projects with final year undergraduates or MSc students.  I will only take on projects that are close to my own research interests.  I will also consider requests to work with me as an intern in the animal cognition laboratory.
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, including laboratory studies of pigeons and hamsters, and field studies of squirrels and diving birds (especially cormorants and shags)
Animal Behaviour

My teaching in 2014/15
  • PSY3422/ABH3206 Comparative Cognition: A new, taxonomic look at Animal Cognition
  • Students registering on this module will 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
I will normally be doing university work on Tuesdays and Wednesdays this year.  None of the following means of contacting me will work on other days, except by prior arrangement.  To contact me about module ABH3206, it's best to use the ELE system.
  • Office: Washington Singer Laboratories room 004.  Note that this is a shared office.  If the door's open, come in and look for me.
  • Office hours: 12 noon - 1pm Wednesday - but if the door of room 004 is open, come in and look for me.  If I am not around, I am probably in my lab, next door
  • Postal address:
University of Exeter
Psychology (CLES)
Washington Singer Laboratories
Exeter EX4 4QG
United Kingdom
  • Telephone: +44 1392 724612.  I don't advise using the message service, I often don't realise that messages are there
  • Fax (Psychology office): +44 1392 724623
  • Email:  s.e.g.lea [at] exeter.ac.uk.  I don't use Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn - sorry!
Economic Psychology
  • Relations of psychology to economics and cognate disciplines
  • The psychology of debt and poverty
  • Psychological measurements of utility
  • Psychological impacts of the tourist industry
  • Internet scams and other mass-market fraud
Economic Psychology

I am not currently teaching in this area.  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:

  • Academician of the Social Sciences
  • Editor in Chief of Animal Cognition.  To contact me about the journal, email animal.cognition.editor [at] exeter.ac.uk (non-journal mail sent to that address will be ignored)
  • Member of Editorial Boards for the Journal of Economic Psychology, Behavior and Philosophy, Contemporary Social Science, and Journal of Socio-Economics.
  • Founder member 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

I am not currently teaching in this area.  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 partially updated 16th September 2014