Associate Professor James Phillips

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Programme Leader - Addictions

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 Ext 6252


Physical Address:
AUT University  (Room AR218)
North Shore Campus
90 Akoranga Drive
Northcote, Auckland
New Zealand

Postal Address:
AUT University
North Shore Campus
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand

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BSc(Hons) ( Adelaide)
PhD (Flinders)

Memberships and Affiliations:

Member – Society for Mathematical Psychology


Dr. James G. Phillips is currently an Associate Professor at Auckland University of Technology.  He did his undergraduate training at Adelaide University (honours thesis with Dr. Doug Vickers) and completed his PhD at Flinders University (supervised by Dr. Denis Glencross).  After doing some post-doctoral work with Professor George Stelmach on Parkinsons Disease and balance in the elderly he worked for a year at Bendigo College of Advanced Education.  From 1990 to 2010 he worked at the Psychology Department at Monash University. 

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Research Areas:

Technology use

Research Summary:

Dr. Phillips has an interest in the automaticity of behaviour and an international reputation in the kinematic analysis of human movement, having studied not only deautomatising conditions of movement such as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases but has also studied involuntary movements such as chorea and tremor.  These conditions are disabling and create problems for therapists or systems seeking to anticipate and assist patients’ needs.  Moreover he has extended this work to disorders such as Major Depression, Schizophrenia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and intoxication.  Indecisive unplanned behaviours and search are characterised by exceedingly slow or hesitant actions whereas impulsive and thoughtless behaviours are characterised by faster and excessive actions.

Having identified the characteristics of impaired behaviour, Dr. Phillips has turned his interests towards remediation.  The internet and mobile phone take the therapeutic intervention beyond the consulting room to allow assistance in “real time” and “on site” rather than “by appointment”.  Dr. Phillips’ recent interests address the trackability and influenceability of behaviour online.  He has developed highly cited self-report scales predicting technology use (namely Armstrong, Phillips, & Saling, 2000; Bianchi & Phillips, 2005).  As many cursor controllers do not generate efficient or predictable cursor trajectories, one eCommerce solution has been to track activity and interests, providing personalised search engines for consumers.  Such personalised recommenders anticipate consumer needs, reducing search times and enhancing consumer satisfaction.  Dr. Phillips has recently addressed the human factors influencing response to online recommendations.  His work suggests reduced susceptibility to influence during crisis, specifically when advice is needed the most (i.e. Phillips & Ogeil, 2010; Fraser, Conduit, & Phillips, 2013). 


Dr. Phillips has written over 20 book chapters, and has 130+ publications in refereed journals with 25+ publications in refereed conference proceedings.
Please refer to link to Google Scholar.