Stephen Lea
Emeritus Professor of Psychology
University of Exeter

Information for Academic Year 2016/17

Personal web page on the university Psychology web site
Portrait by Ingmar
                Visser, Dijon, December 2007
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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.  As an Emeritus Professor, I am continuing to do some teaching, but I am taking this year (2016/17) as a sabbatical and will not be doing any teaching.

For future years, 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 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.
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

Up until this year 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
I will be doing quite a bit of travelling this year.  However, whenever I am in Exeter, I expect to be around the department regularly on Tuesdays, and occasionally on other days for evens such as research seminars.  None of the following means of contacting me will work on other days, except by prior arrangement. 
  • 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: 10am to 1pm on Tuesday - but if the door of room 004 is open, come in and look for me. 
  • Postal address:
University of Exeter
Psychology (CLES)
Washington Singer Laboratories
Exeter EX4 4QG
United Kingdom
  • Telephone: +44 1392 724612.  If I don't reply, record a message on the voicemail service - this will be sent to me by email, so you should get a reply within a week.
  • 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
  • Psychological measurements of utility
  • Psychological impacts of the tourist industry
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:

  • Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences
  • Editor in Chief of Animal Cognition (until 31st December 2016, thereafter Associate Editor).  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, and Behavioral Economics for Public Policy.
  • 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 20th September 2016