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)

Poverty Impedes Cognitive Function

Notes: see Badger (2013) in this repository. She wrote an easy to understand summary of the research. In a nutshell - living in poverty decreases you ability to intelligently reason, because you have more pressing things to do than solving some stupid intelligence test. Full article can be found here: www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/economics/.../mani_science_976.full.pdf

How Powerty Taxes the Brain

Notes: There is a correlation between cognitive ability and scarcity. There is a Science article (link in this record) showing this claim (the reference to the Science article is here in this repository as well). In a nutshell - when you are strapped, you tend to think about this and since you have a limited amount of processing power available, other things are not processed as quickly. Makes sense.

The Vulnerable Suspect: Examining police interviews with language interpreters

Notes: Global issue - tourists, non-native speakers, etc. Hard to find interpreters. Harder to find trained ones. They tend to misinterpret evidence. Police officers use google translate which works for many cases (someone is lost, a tourist friend is missing, their renta-car is stolen etc). Interviews take much longer with interpreter. Officers tend to use interpreters differently. People who were not in interpreted interview were more likely to be asked whether they were intoxicated. And they were more likely to ask for level of education.

Psychological debriefing for preventing post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Notes: This is a different take on deception - i.e. that deceptive practices can be used inadvertently and by the practitioners not only by subjects. And that inertia based on anecdotal evidence can sometimes take you only so far. This needs further investigation. I am not enamoured by it - in my experience some of the established approaches to treat PTSD work surprisingly well. 

Sender Demeanor: Individual Differences in Sender Believability Have a Powerful Impact on Deception Detection Judgments

Notes: Article was discussed at iIIRG Conference in Maastricht (summary of the talk is also included in this repository)Abstract: Sender demeanor is an individual difference in the believability of message senders that is conceptually independent of actual honesty. Recent research suggests that sender demeanor may be the most influential source of variation in deception detection judgments. Sender demeanor was varied in five experiments (N = 30, 113, 182, 30, and 35) to create demeanor-veracity matched and demeanor-veracity mismatched conditions. The sender demeanor induction explained as much as 98% of the variance in detection accuracy.