Kemp, Simon 1952–

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KEMP, Simon 1952–

PERSONAL: Born February 6, 1952, in Liverpool, England; married Cora Beryl Baillie; children: one daughter. Education: University of Auckland, B.A., 1973, M.S. (with first class honors), 1975, D.Phil., 1980.

ADDRESSES: Office—Department of Psychology, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand; fax: 64-3-364-2181.

CAREER: Department of Social Welfare, Wellington, New Zealand, assistant research officer, 1975–76; Technical University, Munich, West Germany (now Germany), research scientist at Institute of Electroacoustics, 1980–81; University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, lecturer, 1981–86, senior lecturer, 1986–95, associate professor of psychology, 1996–. Christian Albrecht University, fellow at Institute of Psychology, 1988–89.

MEMBER: International Association for Research in Economic Psychology (member of governing board), American Psychological Association (foreign affiliate), Cheiron.

AWARDS, HONORS: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation fellowship for Germany, 1987; grants from Medical Research Council, Deafness Research Foundation, Oticon Foundation (New Zealand), Marsden Fund, Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, New Zealand Department of Inland Revenue, and New Zealand Department of Labour.


Medieval Psychology, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1990.

Cognitive Psychology in the Middle Ages, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1996.

(Editor, with P. E. Earl, and contributor) The Elgar Companion to Consumer Research and Economic Psychology, Edward Elgar Publishing (Northampton, MA), 1999.

Public Goods and Private Wants: A Psychological Approach to Government Spending, Edward Elgar Publishing (Northampton, MA), 2002.

Contributor to books, including Human Suggestibility: Advances in Theory, Research, and Application, edited by J. F. Schumaker, Routledge, Chapman & Hall (New York, NY), 1991. Contributor to periodicals, including Psychological Research, Audiology, Acustica, Perceptual and Motor Skills, Perception and Psychophysics, Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, Psychological Medicine, and Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. Coeditor, Journal of Economic Psychology; member of editorial board, New Zealand Journal of Psychology.

SIDELIGHTS: Simon Kemp told CA: "I have published in a variety of areas. I started my career doing auditory psychophysics. Over the last ten years or so, my research has concentrated mainly on long-term memory, psychology in the Middle Ages, and economic psychology. Although these areas are somewhat disparate, the thread of cognitive psychology runs through them. Thus, I have been particularly interested in cognitive theories (for example, that of the inner senses) put forth by medieval scholars. Similarly, much of my work in economic psychology has been concerned with people's memory for prices and with the utilities that people assign to goods and services that the government provides. A recent article attempted to explain the way people misremember past dates and the past prices of goods using a common theory."