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

A Brief Survey of Measurement Scale Beliefs (46KB pdf)
Simon Kemp & Randolph Grace
University of Canterbury
Version: April 2015

Ordinal Scales in Psychology (pdf, 348KB)
Simon Kemp & Randolph C. Grace
University of Canterbury
Version: 21 March, 2012

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


Effects of the September 4, 2010 earthquake on second semester academic grades at the University of Canterbury (pdf, 42KB, 18 Jan 11)

Curriculum Vitae (December 2011)

Current Research Interests

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

Current projects include investigating under what circumstances scales can be ordinal and the possibility that category rating might be the basis for an efficient ranking process (both with Randolph Grace), whether promotion decisions are affected by anchoring bias (with Zhe Chen), whether part-time working affects students’ academic achievement (with Jessica Richardson, Steve Haultain and Sanna Malinen), lay views of international trade and the recent recession, lay perceptions of accountability, the psychological and commercial effects of the recent earthquake (with Deak Helton and Neville Blampied), and how income distribution preferences relate to individual enviousness (with Friedel Bolle). Mostly my research students work within the fields of decision-making and economic psychology.

Publications and UC Research Profile