Professor Stephen Lea
Emeritus Professor of Psychology


Research interests

Animal Cognition and Behaviour, especially Concept discrimination and foraging decisions in birds and mammals.

Economic Psychology, especially the psychology of money and money management, and intertemporal choice.


My current research includes:

Animal Cognition and Behaviour:

  • Comparative aspects of concept discrimination
  • Diving in birds especially cormorants and shags
  • Cognitive processes in Oystercatchers‘ foraging

Economic Psychology:

  • Adolescents‘ and students‘ money management
  • The Psychology of money
  • Debt, poverty and homelessness
  • Compliance with fraud

Research projects

Spatial frequency analysis of pigeons‘ visual category discrimination

Persuasive techniques used in fraudulent communications, and their effects

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