BA, DipEd (Sydney), MA(Hons) (New England), PhD (Michigan), HonDLitt (UNE), HonDLitt (Flinders),Hon FAPsS

Professor Norman Feather is the Foundation Professor of Psychology at the Flinders University of South Australia. He retired in 2000 and now has the status of Emeritus Professor. His book 'Values, Achievement, and Justice: Studies in the Psychology of Deservingness' was published in 1999. Flinders University has granted him academic status as a Professor and he continues an active research programme. Professor Feather specialises in social psychology and human motivation.

His current research interests include:

  • the social psychology of justice
  • values and social attitudes in Australia and cross-culturally
  • national identity
  • expectancy-value models of motivation
  • deservingness and entitlement.
  • deservingness and emotions
  • tall poppies

.Marquis Award from University of Michigan (1961)

.Two British Council Scholarships

. Two Fulbright Scholarships

. Distinguished Alumni Award from University of New England (1998)

. Distinguished Alumni Award from University of New England(1998)

. Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from Australian Psychological Society(1998)

. Outstanding Contribution to Flinders University Award(2006)

Honorary Doctor of Letters from University of New England(2007)

. Honorary Doctor of letters from Flinders University(2009)

. Member of Order of Australia(AM) (2016)


  • N. T. Feather (2005) Social Psychology in Australia: Past and Present, International Journal of Psychology,40, 263-276.
  • N. T. Feather (2003) Distinguishing between deservingness and entitlement: Earned outcomes versus lawful outcomes, European Journal of Social Psychology, 33, 367-385.
  • N. T. Feather and R.Sherman (2002) Envy, Resentment, Schadenfreude, and Sympathy: Reactions to Deserved and Undeserved Achievement and Subsequent Failure, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin,28, 953-961.
  • N. T. Feather (2002) Values and Value Dilemmas in Relation to Judgments Concerning Outcomes in an Industrial Conflict, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin,28, 446-459.
  • N. T. Feather (1999) Values, Achievement, and Justice: Studies in the Psychology of Deservingness. New York: Kluwer Academic / Plenum Press.
  • N.T. Feather (1994) Attitudes toward high achievers and reactions to their fall: Theory and research concerning tall poppies, Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 26:1-73.
  • N. T. Feather (1993) Devaluing achievement within a culture: Measuring the cultural cringe, Australian Journal of Psychology, 45, 182-188.
  • N. T. Feather (1990) The Psychological Impact of Unemployment. New York: Springer-Verlag.
  • N. T. Feather (ed) (1982) Expectations and Actions: Expectancy-Value Models in Psychology. Hillsdale, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • N. T. Feather (2006) Deservingness and emotions: Applying the structural model of deservingness to the analysis of affective reactions to outcomes. European Review of Social Psychology,17, 38-73.
  • N. T. Feather(2007) Beliefs about gender discrimination in the workplace in the context of affirmative action: Effects of gender and ambivalent attitudes in an Australian sample.Sex Roles,57, 31-42.
  • N. T. Feather(2012) Tall poppies, deservingness, and schadenfreude. The Psychologist,25, 434-437.
  • N. T. Feather(2015) Analysing relative deprivation in relation to deservingness, entitlement, and resentment. Social Justice Research,28, 7-26.