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Associate Professor Heather Kempton PhD

Senior Lecturer

Doctoral Supervisor
School of Psychology

My research is not only informed by my psychological research background, but also my experinece as a Budhist Chaplain and Hospice Volunteer, as well as my studies and articles in the area of Vajrayana Buddhism

Please note that prior to 2017, I went under the name Heather Buttle.

My PhD was completed at Bangor University, Wales, where my background was in Cognitive Psychology. However, my main research focus is on mindfulness and spirituality (particularly from a Buddhist perspective) and includes a variety of research approaches (both quanitative and qualitative). I teach Memory & Cognition (175.206) and Introduction to Psychological Research (175.203), as well as supervising postgraduate research students

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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: 41221
    Location: 3.20, Level 3 of the North Shore Library Building (Albany Village)
    Campus: Albany

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of Wales, Bangor (2002)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Licence, Supervisor, Massey University

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Mindfulness and spiritulaity.

Note that "Research Outputs" are listed so that publications related to "Mindfulness, meditation, and spirituality" appear first and then they follow chronological order.

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Cognitive Sciences (170200): Computer Perception, Memory and Attention (170201): Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000): Psychology of Religion (170111)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 3

Research Outputs

Journal

Smith, JH., Kempton, HM., Williams, MN., & van Ommen, C. (2021). Mindfulness as practice: A network analysis of FMI data. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. 21(4), 899-909
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H., Van Ommen, C., Williams, M.
Carr, SC., Meyer, I., Saxena, M., Seubert, C., Hopfgartner, L., Arora, B., . . . Marai, L. (2021). “Our fair trade coffee tastes better”: It might, but under what conditions?. Journal of Consumer Affairs.
[Journal article]Authored by: Carr, S., Kempton, H.
Kempton, HM. (2020). Use of Poetry in Secular Mindfulness Guidance. Mindfulness. 11(6), 1546-1556
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Buttle, H. (2015). Measuring a journey without goal: Meditation, spirituality, and physiology. BioMed Research International. 2015
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Buttle, H. (2013). More than the sum of my parts: a cognitive psychologist reflects on mindfulness/meditation experience. Reflective Practice.
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Buttle, H. (2011). Attention and working memory in mindfulness: Meditation practices. The Journal of Mind and Behavior. 32(2), 123-134 Retrieved from http://www.umaine.edu/jmb/backissues2011.html
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Endro, WTW., Shepherd, M., Kempton, H., & Van Ommen, C. (2021). The Co-Design of a Chat Telepsychotherapy Manual for Indonesians with Minor Depression – A Research Protocol. Journal of Innovation in Psychology, Education and Didactics. 25(2), 115-130
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Mokhtari, S., & Buttle, H. (2015). The effect of observers' mood on the local processing of emotional faces: Evidence from short-lived and prolonged mood states. Advances in Cognitive Psychology. 11(1), 14-21
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Buttle, H. (2015). Complex cognitions and motive questioning: Internet discussions of speeding in New Zealand driving news. Road and Transport Research. 24(3), 3-13
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Hodgson, J., Buttle, HM., Conridge, B., Gibbons, D., & Robinson, J. (2013). Phonics instruction and early reading: professional views from the classroom. NATE. , 1-19 Retrieved from http://www.nate.org.uk/cmsfiles/papers/Phonics_and_early_reading.pdf
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Buttle, H., & Cheung, K-F. (2011). Mere exposure effects for different styles of internet advertising. Cognitive Technology. 16(1), 23-31 Retrieved from http://www.cognitivetechnologyjournal.com/ArticleDetail.aspx?id=240
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Buttle, H. (2010). Repetition blindness for faces reflects identity coding but not emotion coding. Perceptual and Motor Skills. 110(1), 245-256
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Buttle, H., & East, J. (2010). Traditional facial tattoos disrupt face recognition processes. Perception. 39(12), 1672-1674
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Kempton, H. (2010). Interview with His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche.. Thar Lam: The Path of Liberation (The International Journal of Palpung).
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Kempton, H. (2010). Bhutan pilgrimage: Around Thimpu.. Thar Lam: The Path of Liberation (The International Journal of Palpung).
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Kempton, H. (2009). Interview with Khabje Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.. Thar Lam: The Path of Liberation (The International Journal of Palpung).
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Kempton, H. (2009). Interview: Monastery life Ven. Karma Gyaltsen Sonam.. Thar Lam: The Path of Liberation (The International Journal of Palpung).
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.
James, SA., & Buttle, H. (2008). Attitudinal differences towards mental health services between younger and older New Zealand Adults. New Zealand Journal of Psychology. 37(3), 33-43
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Kempton, H. (2008). Interview: Chungpo Gyalton Rinpoche. Thar Lam: The Path of Liberation (The International Journal of Palpung).
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Kempton, H. (2008). Interview: Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.. Thar Lam: The Path of Liberation (The International Journal of Palpung).
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Kempton, H. (2008). Focus on a monastery: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche & Tergar monastery.. Thar Lam: The Path of Liberation (The International Journal of Palpung),.
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Kempton, H. (2008). The Lion’s Roar in America: the first visit of H.H. 17th Gyalwa Karmapa.. Thar Lam: The Path of Liberation (The International Journal of Palpung),.
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Kempton, H. (2008). Interview: Samuel Bercholz.. Thar Lam: The Path of Liberation (The International Journal of Palpung).
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Kempton, H. (2008). Karma Drubgya Thargay Ling, Mahayana Buddhist Nunnery, Tilokpur, India.. Thar Lam: The Path of Liberation (The International Journal of Palpung),.
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Kempton, H. (2007). Focus on a monastery: Gompas of Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche.. Thar Lam: The Path of Liberation (The International Journal of Palpung).
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Kempton, H. (2007). Focus on a monastery: Dilyak Monastery.. Thar Lam: The Path of Liberation (The International Journal of Palpung).
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Kempton, H. (2007). Focus on a monastery: Kalu Rinpoche & Sonada.. Thar Lam: The Path of Liberation (The International Journal of Palpung).
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Kempton, H. (2007). Interview: Bardor Tulku Rinpoche. Thar Lam: The Path of Liberation (The International Journal of Palpung).
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Kempton, H. (2006). Interview: Traleg Kyabgon.. Thar Lam: The Path of Liberation (The International Journal of Palpung),.
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Kempton, H. (2006). Focus on a monastery: Pawo Rinpoche’s Gompa.. Thar Lam: The Path of Liberation (The International Journal of Palpung).
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Buttle, H., & Westoby, N. (2006). Brand logo and name association: It's all in the name. Applied Cognitive Psychology. 20(9), 1181-1194
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Buttle, H., Ball, CK., Zhang, J., & Raymond, JE. (2005). Semantic association of brand images at the implicit level: Evidence from repetition blindness. Applied Cognitive Psychology. 19(9), 1199-1210
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Buttle, H., & Raymond, JE. (2003). High familiarity enhances visual change detection for face stimuli. Perception and Psychophysics. 65(8), 1296-1306
[Journal article]Authored by: Kempton, H.

Book

12th Kenting Tai Situpa, .(2012). Primordial Essence Manifests. : Palpung Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Publications,
[Authored Book]Edited by: Kempton, H.
12th Kenting Tai Situpa, .(2012). Essential Teachings of Gampopa. : Palpung Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Publications,
[Authored Book]Edited by: Kempton, H.
12th Kenting Tai Situpa, .(2012). The Aspiration of Kuntu Zangpo. : Palpung Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Publications,
[Authored Book]Edited by: Kempton, H.
12th Kenting Tai Situpa, .(2010). Ultimately Perfect. : Palpung Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Publications,
[Authored Book]Edited by: Kempton, H.
12th Kenting Tai Situpa, .(2010). Dorje Chang Thungma. : Palpung Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Publications,
[Authored Book]Edited by: Kempton, H.
12th Kenting Tai Situpa, .(2009). Praises and Prostrations to the twenty-one Taras.. : Palpung Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Publications,
[Authored Book]Edited by: Kempton, H.
12th Kenting Tai Situpa, .(2009). The Nectar of Dharma: The Sacred Advice Volume 5. : Palpung Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Publications,
[Authored Book]Edited by: Kempton, H.
12th Kenting Tai Situpa, .(2009). Nectar of Dharma: The Sacred Advice Volume 4.. : Palpung Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Publications, New Zealand.
[Authored Book]Edited by: Kempton, H.
12th Kenting Tai Situpa, .(2009). Nectar of Dharma: The Sacred Advice Volume 3.. : Palpung Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Publications, New Zealand.
[Authored Book]Edited by: Kempton, H.
12th Kenting Tai Situpa, .(2008). Nectar of Dharma: The Sacred Advice Volume 2.. : Palpung Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Publications, New Zealand.
[Authored Book]Edited by: Kempton, H.
12th Kenting Tai Situpa, .(2008). Nectar of Dharma: The Sacred Advice Volume 1.. : Palpung Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Publications
[Authored Book]Edited by: Kempton, H.
Thrangu Rinpoche, K.(2008). The History of Buddhism in India. : Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Charitable Trust Publications
[Authored Book]Contributed to by: Kempton, H.
Buttle, H. (2006). Repetition blindness: An illustration of the complexity of visual perceptual phenomena. In CM. Fletcher-Flinn, & GM. Haberman (Eds.) Cognition and language: Perspectives from New Zealand. (pp. 13 - 28). Australia: Australian Academic Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Kempton, H.

Conference

Ghanbari, M., Kempton, H., & Kreplin, U. (2019). Self-report measures of mindfulness and expectancy effects.. https://www.icm2019.org/programme.html. : International Conference on Mindfulness (ICM) Asia Pacific 2019
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Kempton, H., Kreplin, U.
Kempton (Buttle), HM. (2018, July). A brief survey of the spiritual aesthetic of poetry in secular mindfulness training.. Presented at International Conference on Mindfulness. Amsterdam.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Smith, J., Buttle, H., van Ommen, C., & Williams, MN. (2016, September). Placing mindfulness under the lens: A network analysis. Presented at New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Kempton, H., Van Ommen, C., Williams, M.
Buttle, HM. (2013). Mindfulness, meditation, and cognitive processes. In International Association for the Psychology of Religion (IAPR) 2013 Congress: Programme & Book of Abstracts(pp. 178 - 179). , International Association for the Psychology of Religion (IAPR) 2013 Congress Switzerland: International Association for the Psychology of Religion
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Buttle, H., Mohktari, S., & Cannon, P. (2013). Emotional content and affective context. , SARMAC X Conference: Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Mokhtari, S., & Buttle, H. (2011). Observer's mood manipulates level of visual processing: evidence from face and nonface stimuli.
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Mokhtari, S., Buttle, H., & Stillman, J. (2010). Poster: Is the level of processing in emotionally expressive faces affected by observer's mood?. In 27th British Psychological Society [BPS] Cognitive Psychology Section Annual Conference: Programme and Book of Abstracts(pp. 38 - 38). , 27th British Psychological Society [BPS] Cognitive Psychology Section Annual Conference United Kingdom: The British Psychological Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Mokhtari, S., Buttle, H., & Stillman, J. (2010). Levels of processing with schematic faces: Emotional content or affective context?. In Combined Abstracts of 2010 Australian Psychology Conferences (The Abstracts of the 37th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference)(pp. 29 - 29). , 37th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference Australia: The Australian Psychological Society Ltd
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Buttle, H., & Cheung, J. (2009). Mere exposure effects for different styles of internet advertising. In The 8th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition [SARMAC VIII]: Program(pp. 24 - 24). , The 8th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition [SARMAC VIII] Japan: Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Mokhtari, S., Buttle, H., & Stillman, J. (2009). The effect of mood and emotion on attention and memory in face perception. In New Zealand Postgraduate Conference Programme and Abstracts(pp. 101 - 101). , New Zealand Post Graduate Conference [NZPGC] New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington Postgraduate Students' Association
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Buttle, H., & Cheung, J. (2009, July). Mere exposure effects for different styles of internet advertising. Presented at The 8th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition [SARMAC VIII]. Kyoto, Japan.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Buttle, H., & East, J. (2008, May). Traditional facial tattoos disrupt face recognition processes. Presented at Vision Sciences Society 8th Annual Meeting. Naples, FL, United States.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Buttle, JW., & Buttle, H. (2008, November). The threat to police legitimacy in New Zealand: the notion of synergistic erosion. Presented at 21st Annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference: Criminology: Linking theory, policy and practice. Canberra, ACT, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Buttle, H., & East, J. (2008). Traditional facial tattoos disrupt face recognition processes. In Vision Sciences Society 8th Annual Meeting: Program and Abstracts(pp. 81 - 81). , Vision Sciences Society 8th Annual Meeting United States: Vision Sciences Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Carr, SC., Fletcher, RB., Atkins, SG., Stillman, JA., Clarke, S-J., & Buttle, H. (2008). From groups to teams: Assessing individual differences in preparedness for team work?. In J. Deller (Ed.) Readings in Applied Organizational Behavior from the Luneburg Symposium: Personality at Work. (pp. 1 - 32). Germany: International Symposium on Personality at Work
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Carr, S., Fletcher, R., Kempton, H.
Buttle, HM. (2005). Encoding of matched emotional expressions reveals repetition blindness. Poster session presented at the meeting of The British psychologival Society Quinquennial Conference. University of Manchester, UK
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Buttle, H., & Westoby, N. (2004). Semantic repetition blindness for symbol/word combinations. In AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY Vol. 56 (pp. 108 - 108). : AUSTRALIAN PSYCHOLOGICAL SOC
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Atkins, S., Buttle, H., Carr, S., Clarke, S., Fletcher, R., & Stillman, J.A teams to groups hierarchy: Experimental evidence for groups as superordinate concept to teams.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Carr, S., Kempton, H.
Buttle, H., Ball, CK., Zhang, J., & Raymond, JE. (2003). Semantic repetition blindness: Pictures versus word effects. In Journal of Vision Vol. 3
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Raymond, JE., & Buttle, HM. (2000). The advantage of a famous face: particularly rapid configural visual processing. In International Journal of Psychology Vol. 35 (pp. 286 - 286). Paris, France: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Buttle, HM., & Raymond, JE. (2000). Speeded processing of famous images: faces versus places. In Abstracts of the Psychonomic Society 41st Annual Meeting Vol. 5 (pp. 72 - 73). Austin, TX: Psychonomic Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Kempton, H.

Creative Work

Buttle, H.(2014). Thank you from the mind and life visiting scholars. Massachusetts, USA
[Film or Video]Authored by: Kempton, H.Contributed to by: Kempton, H.
Sodargye, K., & Buttle, H.(2014). Global speaking tour of universities by Khenpo Sodargye, what faith means in Buddhism. Auckland, New Zealand
[Film or Video]Authored by: Kempton, H.Contributed to by: Kempton, H.

Other

Kempton, H. (2021, November). Mindfulness through Poetry. In New Zealand Christian Community of Meditators. Presented at Zoom.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Kempton, H. (2018, September). In the moment: Mindfulness for changing times. Presented at Albany campus, Massey University.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Buttle, HM. (2015, December). Mindfulness and its context (measuring paradoxes). In Waitemata DHB’s Psychology and Psychotherapy Retreat Day.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Buttle, HM. (2013, September). Cognitive processes and Buddhist deity meditation. In Mind & Life Institute, United States of America.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Buttle, HM. (2013, September). Mindfulness, morality, and meta-awareness. In Mind & Life Institute, United States of America.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Buttle, H., & Mokhtari, S. (2011, July). Emotional content and affective context: Levels of processing effects with schematic faces. In Cognitive Neuroscience Centre, School of Psychology, Exeter University.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Buttle, H. (2008). Maori facial tattoo (Ta Moko): Implications for face recognition processes. (pp. 1 - 27).
[Other]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Buttle, HM. (2005, April). Encoding of matched emotional expressions reveals repetition blindness. : University of Auckland, Research Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Buttle, HM. (2003, May). Effects of conceptual similarity versus visual similarity in semantic repitition blindness for words and pictures. : University of Wales, Bangor.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Buttle, HM., & Raymond, JE. (2000, October). What is the advantage of a famous image?. : University of Wales.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Kempton, H.
Buttle, HM. (2000, June). Variations in visual fame effects for faces, places, and products. : University of Wales.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Kempton, H.

Thesis

Buttle, HM. (2002). Visual fame effects: the processing benefits of highly learnt images. (Doctoral Thesis, University of Wales, Bangor)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Kempton, H.

Consultancy and Languages

Consultancy

  • 2016-current - Amitabha Hospice
    I am Chair of the Board of Trustees
  • 2018-current - Harbour Hospice
    Available to Hibiscus Coast Hospice as a Buddhist Chaplain

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Main Supervisor 3 7
Co-supervisor 4 4

Current Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • Jaquetta Thongskul - Doctor of Philosophy
    Exploring compassion and its application in healthcare
  • Regan Burt - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Evaluating Mindsets: A schools-based resilience programme
  • Sophie Stanford - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    'Go and tell the Horse' - People's experiences of Equine Assisted Learning

Co-supervisor of:

  • Wisnu Endro - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Co-design of a Chat Telepsychotherapy Manual for Indonesians with Minor Depression
  • Vidushi Yadav - Doctor of Philosophy
    To Study Spiritual intelligence and Emotional intelligence and their impact on Job burnout, Life satisfaction and general wellbeing of individuals."
  • Hairunnisa Muhammed Shafi - Doctor of Philosophy
    Influence of spirituality on social work educators, social work practitioners and the public (as potential clients): Addressing spirituality with grace and integrity
  • Jessica Steadman - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    The 'Perfect' Gay Man; An Exploration of Perfectionism with Gay Men in New Zealand

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • 2020 - Mona Ghanbari Noshari - Doctor of Philosophy
    What Do Mindfulness Scales Measure? Expectation Effects Examined
  • 2019 - Joseph Smith - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Network Models of Mindfulness
  • 2018 - Mary Miller - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    MINT pilot study: a text message package as an adjunct to existing Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy in an Early Intervention setting.
  • 2018 - Amy Granberg - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    A randomised controlled trial of a mindfulness-based mobile app evaluating mindfulness, perceived stress, wellbeing and emotion reactivity
  • 2016 - Hui Xu - Doctor of Philosophy
    Facial Expression and Context Effects
  • 2013 - Setareh Mokhtari - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Effect of Observers' Mood on Level of Processing of Emotional Schematic Faces
  • 2012 - Maren Klum - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Coping in Caregivers of Family Members with Traumatic Brain Injury & the Effects on the Caregiver's Quality of Life

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2020 - Victoria Thompson - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Something's not right: Exploring the Lived Experience of Health Anxiety
  • 2017 - Kayla Mackie - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Priming good parenting: Can positive affective priming influence fathers' causal attributions and consequent disciplinary responses for child misbehaviour?
  • 2013 - Shelley James - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Has Cutting Become Cool? Normalising, Social Influence and Socially-Motivated Deliberate Self-Harm in Adolescent Girls
  • 2012 - Nicole Foster - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    An Investigation of Early Sudden Gains in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression:Client and Within Therapy Predictors of Change

Media and Links

Media

  • 23 Mar 2016 - Newspaper, Online
    Origami and mindfulness
    "Ditch the colouring in books origami is the new mindful craft." Interviewed by the writer of this article, Pamela McIntosh, which appeared in stuff.
  • 04 Feb 2013 - Online
    myreplyis.com
    Invited to reply to a question related to face and body recognition

Other Links