Professor Simon Kemp - People - Psychology - University of Canterbury - New Zealand
Prof. Simon Kemp

Professor Simon Kemp



Postgrad Courses (Honours and 1st Year Masters) Coordinator
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MSc (Auckland)
Ph.D. (Auckland)



Contact Details

Phone: +64 3 369 4394 (direct)
Internal Phone: 94394


Postal address:
Department of Psychology
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand

Working Papers

Investment Choice Between Shares, Bank Deposits and Residential Real Estate in New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Germany(pdf, 408kb)
Simon Kemp, May Chan, Zhe Chen, Detlef Fetchenhauer, William Helton, Tim Steiniger
University of Canterbury
Version: April 2017

The Quantification of Psychological Qualities in late Medieval Europe (pdf 316kb)
Simon Kemp & Randolph C. Grace
University of Canterbury
Version: April 2017

Ordinal Scales in Psychology (pdf, 389kb)
Simon Kemp & Randolph C. Grace
University of Canterbury
Version: April 2017

Undergraduate Courses

PSYC 346: Judgement and Decision Making - course coordinator in 2016

PSYC 344:  Research Methods

Graduate Courses

PSYC 472: History of Psychology - Course Coordinator (but not in 2015)

PSYC 473: The Individual in the Economy - Course Coordinator

Thesis Supervision

I am happy to supervise on a range of topics, especially in economic psychology, memory and the history of psychology.

General supervision comments:

I have ideas that I think would make good projects and theses, but I am equally happy to supervise students who want to work from their own ideas.

In general, I expect to help with the research strategy and design, point out at least some previous work (depending a little on area), suggest and sometimes introduce appropriate analysis techniques (I have taught research methods and statistics), and read (and hopefully improve) drafts. I believe good thesis results should be published. I am not good at being very directive.

Recent Research

Hancock, N. J., de Joux, N. R., Wingreen, S. C., Kemp, S., Thomas, J., & Helton, W. S. (in press). Positive post-disaster images: A daydream machine? British Journal of Psychology.

Kemp, S. (2016). Was Communism Doomed? Human Nature, Psychology and the Communist Economy. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Urmson, K. A., Johnston, D. M., & Kemp, S. (2016). Asking for help and receiving support after a disaster. Australasian Journal of Disaster & Trauma Studies, 20(1), 3-14.

Blakely, M. J., Kemp, S., & Helton, W. S. (2016). Volitional running and tone counting: The impact of cognitive load on running over natural terrain. IIE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors, 4 (2-3), 104-114.

Chan, M., Kemp, S., & Finsterwalder, J. (2016). The concept of near money in loyalty programmes. Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, 31, 246-255.

Kemp, S., & Grace, R. C. (2016). Prior categorization can produce more efficient ordering. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 69(1), 100-112.

Curriculum Vitae (April 2017)

Current Research Interests

I have research interests in economic psychology, long-term memory, psychological measurement, and the history of psychology.

Current (April, 2017) projects include investigating an artificial algebra in the implicit learning of mathematical structure (with Professor Randolph Grace, funded by a Marsden Grant 2017 - 2019), fourteenth century approaches to measurement in psychology, why New Zealanders invest in housing and not much else (with various collaborators), and aspects of dissociation (with Professor Martin Dorahy). My research students are working on the psychology of near-money, the psychology of the secretary problem, nostalgia, the psychology of international trade, and factors controlling pro-environmental behaviour.

Publications and UC Research Profile