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Dr Stian Reimers

Senior Lecturer

Department of Psychology


Dr Reimers studied natural sciences at Cambridge, where he also completed a PhD in experimental psychology. He holds other degrees from Imperial College London (MSc Science Communication) and Birkbeck (BA English Literature).

Prior to coming to City University London, he held postdoctoral positions at Warwick and UCL, most recently, a fellowship from the ESRC Centre for Economic Learning and Social Evolution.

Dr Reimers is interested in high-level cognition, in particular judgement and decision making. One particular interest is in the psychology of time - how humans and other animals represent and make decisions involving time, in particular how and why people's discounting of delayed rewards varies across individuals and contexts.

Research interests

Other judgement and decision making interests include forecasting - how individuals and organisations can improve the predictions they make about future trends -  and game theory - in particular, individual and contextual differences in strategies used for ultimatum, prisoner's dilemma and co-ordination games.

He also works on applying experimental psychology to policy issues, particularly the notion of what constitutes a 'fair' taxation structure. Further afield, Dr Reimers does work on executive control, cognitive ageing, sex differences and cerebral lateralisation.

He has wider interests in psychology, working regularly with the BBC and independent production companies on brain-science-related TV shows, and helping set up fun - yet valid - web-based psychology tests for the BBC website among other places. He also undertakes consultancy projects, examining consumer behaviour and the effects of interventions for major retailers and government departments.

Dr Reimers also has interests in using new technology in psychological research, extending from web-based research through running experiments on mobile phones, to work using Wii input devices - Balance Boards, accelerometers and the like - for recording behavioural data.

To see some of Dr Reimer's current web-based experiments, and to contribute to ongoing research, please see here.


  • Harvey, N., & Reimers, S. (in press). Trend damping: Under-adjustment, experimental artifact, or adaptation to features of the natural environment? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition. DOI: 10.1037/a0029179.
  • Le Pelley, M. E., Turnbull, M. N., Reimers S., & Knipe, R. L. (in press). Learned predictiveness effects following single-cue training in humans. Learning and Behavior.
  • Ungemach, C., Stewart, N., & Reimers, S. (in press). How incidental values from our environment affect decisions about money, risk, and delay. Psychological Science
  • Reimers, S. & Harvey, N. (2011). Sensitivity to autocorrelation in judgmental time series forecasting. International Journal of Forecasting, 27, 1196-1214
  • Pleasence, P. T., Balmer, N. J. and Reimers, S. (2011). What really drives advice seeking behaviour? Looking Beyond the Subject of Legal Disputes. Oñati Socio-Legal Series, Vol. 1, No. 6.
  • Le Pelley, M. E., Reimers, S. J., Beesley, T., Spears, R., Murphy, R. A., & Calvini, G. (2010). Stereotype formation: Biased by association. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 139, 138-161.
  • Manning, J. T., Reimers, S., Baron-Cohen, S., Wheelwright, S., & Fink, B. (2010). Sexually dimorphic traits (digit ratio, body height, systemizing-empathizing scores) and gender segregation between occupations: Evidence from the BBC internet study. Personality and Individual Differences, 49, 511-515.
  • Pleasence, P., Balmer, N.J. and Reimers, S. (2010) Horses for Courses? Advice Seeking and the Stratification of Legal Services, in The Future of Legal Services, Emerging Thinking, London: Legal Service Board.
  • Chamorro-Premuzic, T., Reimers, S., Hsu, A., & Ahmetoglu, G. (2009). Who art thou? Personality predictors of artistic preferences in a large UK sample: the importance of Openness. British Journal of Psychology, 100, 501-516.
  • Reimers, S. (2009). A paycheck half-empty or half-full: Framing, fairness and progressive taxation. Judgment and Decision Making, 4, 461-466. 
  • Reimers, S., Maylor, E. A., Stewart, N., & Chater, N. (2009). Associations between a one-shot delay discounting measure and age, income, education and real-world impulsive behavior. Personality and Individual Differences, 47, 973-978. 
  • Reimers, S. & Stewart, N. (2009). Using SMS text messaging for teaching and data collection in the behavioral sciences. Behavior Research Methods, 41, 675-681.
  • Reimers, S. & Stewart, N. (2008). Using Adobe Flash Lite on mobile phones for psychological research: Reaction time measurement reliability and interdevice variability. Behavior Research Methods, 40, 1170-1176.
  • Collaer, M., Reimers, S., & Manning, J. (2007). Visuospatial line judgment performance in relation to sex, sexual orientation and 2D:4D. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 36, 177-192. 
  • Maylor, E. A., Reimers, S., Choi, J., Peters, M., Collaer, M., & Silverman, I. (2007). Gender differences in cognition across adulthood: Age is kinder to females than to males regardless of sexual orientation . Archives of Sexual Behavior 36, 235-249. 
  • Peters, M., Manning, J., & Reimers, S. (2007). Sex differences in mental rotation performance as related to digit ratios, age, educational level, height, sexual orientation and birth control pill use: the BBC study. Archives of Sexual Behavior 36, 251-260. 
  • Reimers, S. (2007). The BBC Internet Study: General methodology. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 36, 147-161.
  • Reimers, S. & Stewart, N. (2007). Adobe Flash as a medium for online experimentation: A test of RT measurement capabilities. Behavior Research Methods, 39, 365-370.


  • PS2006 Social Psychology (part module)
  • PS3001 Psychology Project
  • PS3024 The Psychology of Time