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Dr Celia Lie

Teaching Fellow

Celia Lie, Teaching FellowEmail
Tel 64 3 479 3765

Dr Celia Lie completed her PhD in 2007 at the University of Otago under the supervision of Dr Brent Alsop. After working as a Post-doctoral Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington for two years, Celia returned to Otago in 2009 to take up a Teaching Fellow position in the Department of Psychology. Her research interests are in the general area of behavior analysis, with a focus on the effects of positive and negative consequences on human choice and detection behaviour. She is currently the Secretary/Website Administrator for the New Zealand Association for Behaviour Analysis.

Celia has over 9 years of demonstrating and lecturing experience. As the 100 Level Teaching Fellow, Celia is involved with the co-ordination of the PSYC111 (Brain and Behaviour) and PSYC112 (Human Thought and Behaviour) laboratory programmes. She also co-ordinates the Psychology component of Hands on Science, and is involved in promoting science outside of the university community.

Teaching Fellow for:

PSYC111 Brain and Behaviour
PSYC112 Human Thought and Behaviour


Lie, C., Macaskill, A., & Harper, D. (2016). The effect of MDMA on sensitivity to reinforcement rate. Behavioral Neuroscience. Advance online publication.

Lie, C., Baxter, J. M., & Alsop, B. L. (2013). The effect of opponent type on human performance in a three-alternative choice task. Behavioural Processes, 99, 87-94.

Hunt, M., Harper, D. N., & Lie, C. (2011). Mind the gap: Training road users to use speed and distance when making gap-acceptance decisions. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 43, 2015-2023.

Lie, C., Hunt, M., Peters, H. L., Veliu, B., & Harper, D. (2010). The “negative” credit card effect: Credit cards as spending-limiting stimuli in New Zealand. The Psychological Record, 60, 399-412.

Lie, C. (2010). Human conditional-discrimination performance: Local reinforcer and punisher effects. Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Bulletin, 28, 1-6. Retrieved from:

Lie, C., & Alsop, B. (2010). Stimulus disparity and punisher control of human signal-detection performance. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 93, 185-201.

Lie, C., & Alsop, B. (2009). The effects of point-loss punishers on human signal-detection performance. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 92, 19-37.

Lie, C., Harper, D., & Hunt, M. (2009). Human performance on a two-alternative rapid-acquisition choice task. Behavioural Processes, 81, 244-249.

Lie, C., & Alsop, B. (2007). Reinforcement and punishment in behavioral models of signal detection. Revista Mexicana de Analises de la Conducta, 33, 45-55.