This page is a result of a joint project funded by EPSRC and conducted by Cambridge University, UCL, Newcastle University and the University of Portsmouth. Here you will find info on researchers and literature on deception. Simply follow the links above.

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Latest contributions in the "Research" category sorted by date - added (desc)

The Conjunction of Criminal Opportunity: A Framework for Crime Reduction Toolkits

A framework is presented for crime reduction -- based on a 2-dimensional framework of crime offending: immediate to remote causes of crime, and situation attributes to offender attributes.

Digest: Disrupting the Perpetrator/Victim Dynamic

Disrupting the Perpetrator/Victim Dynamic - The general concept is to find ways to disrupt the internal representations that potential Perpetrators have of their Victims (and potentially vice versa), as well as the representations they have of crime itself. Attached is some background on the topic. 

Scam Compliance and the Psychology of Persuasion [working paper]

Abstract. Social psychologists have established various psychological mechanisms that influence perception of risk and compliance in general. The empirical investigation in this paper focused on how those mechanisms apply to complying with scams. A scale of susceptibility to persuasion was developed, validated and then applied to the phenomena of scam compliance in two studies. In the first study participants answered questions on the susceptibility to persuasion scale and a series of questions about lifetime compliance with 14 fraudulent scenarios. The scale was factorised and tested for reliability.

Reading this May Harm Your Computer: The Psychology of Malware Warnings

Abstract. Internet users face large numbers of security warnings, which they mostly ignore. To improve risk communication, warnings must be fewer but better. We report an experiment on whether compliance can be increased by using some of the social-psychological techniques the scammers themselves use, namely appeal to authority, social compliance, concrete threats and vague threats. We also investigated whether users turned off browser malware warnings (or would have, had they known how).

Preprint available from SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2374379

“What good are they going to do with our information?” - UK Citizens’ Perceptions of the 2011 Census

UK Census (2011) respondents answered questions regarding their census filing behaviour. Those who were most likely to engage in privacy protection behaviour (submitting incomplete/incorrect data, or withholding data) were respondents who (1) submitted their census later, (2) were ethnic minorities, (3) those less comfortable with census data disclosure. Privacy concern (Westin) did not correspond with behaviour.