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Gordon Wright

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PositionLecturer in Psychology
Department Psychology
Email g.wright (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 +44 (0) 207 919 7919
Gordon Wright

I study the personality and behaviour of liars, manipulators, cheats, scammers and fraudsters. By better understanding how such individuals act and interact with their victims, we can predict who may be out to dupe us, prevent them from being successful, and protect ourselves from such threats.

My interests lie in deception and counter-deception in forensic, everyday and corporate settings.

I employ a combination of research and analytic methods including (but not limited to) experimental and real-world settings, mock-crimes and investigative interview scenarios, linguistic & sentiment analysis, physiological / brain stimulation, Qual and Quant analyses.

I am module co-ordinator for the Psychology & Law final year module and a lecturer on the MSc in Forensic Psychology. I am a founder member of the Goldsmiths Forensic Psychology Unit (FPU)

Research Interests

Deception

Deception detection

Investigative Interviewing (Victims/Witnesses/Suspects)

Antisocial and 'dark' personality traits

Insider Threat to business and infrastructure

White-Collar crime

Forensic application of credibility assessment

Predicting psychology and behaviour from limited information

Social-engineering and manipulation

Publications

Article

Transcranial Current Stimulation of the Temporoparietal Junction Improves Lie Detection
Sowden, Sophie; Wright, Gordon R. T.; Banissy, Michael J.; Catmur, Caroline and Bird, Geoffrey. 2015. Transcranial Current Stimulation of the Temporoparietal Junction Improves Lie Detection. Current Biology, 25(18), 2447 - 2451. ISSN 0960-9822

Transcranial Current Stimulation of the Temporoparietal Junction Improves Lie Detection
Sowden, Sophie; Wright, Gordon R. T.; Banissy, Michael J.; Catmur, Caroline and Bird, Geoffrey. 2015. Transcranial Current Stimulation of the Temporoparietal Junction Improves Lie Detection. Current Biology, 25(18), 2447 - 2451. ISSN 0960-9822

Good Liars Are Neither ‘Dark’ Nor Self-Deceptive
Wright, Gordon R. T.; Berry, Christopher J.; Catmur, Caroline and Bird, Geoffrey. 2015. Good Liars Are Neither ‘Dark’ Nor Self-Deceptive. PLoS ONE, 10(6), e0127315. ISSN 1932-6203

Deceptively simple… The “deception-general” ability and the need to put the liar under the spotlight.
Wright, Gordon R. T.; Berry, Christopher J and Bird, Geoffrey. 2013. Deceptively simple… The “deception-general” ability and the need to put the liar under the spotlight. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 7(152), ISSN 1662-4548

The Holistic Phase Model of Early Adult Crisis
Robinson, Oliver C.; Wright, Gordon R. T. and Smith, Jonathan A.. 2013. The Holistic Phase Model of Early Adult Crisis. Journal of Adult Development, 20(1), pp. 27-37. ISSN 1068-0667,

“You can’t kid a kidder”: Association between production and detection of deception in an interactive deception task
Wright, Gordon R. T.; Berry, Christopher J and Bird, Geoffrey. 2012. “You can’t kid a kidder”: Association between production and detection of deception in an interactive deception task. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6(87), ISSN 1662-5161

Conference or Workshop Item

Understanding insider threat: A framework for characterising attacks
Nurse, Jason RC; Buckley, Oliver; Legg, Philip A; Goldsmith, Michael; Creese, Sadie; Wright, Gordon R. T. and Whitty, Monica. 2014. 'Understanding insider threat: A framework for characterising attacks'. In: Security and Privacy Workshops (SPW), 2014 IEEE. San Jose, United Kingdom.

A critical reflection on the threat from human insiders--its nature, industry perceptions, and detection approaches
Nurse, Jason RC; Legg, Philip A; Buckley, Oliver; Agrafiotis, Ioannis; Wright, Gordon; Whitty, Monica; Upton, David; Goldsmith, Michael and Creese, Sadie. 2014. 'A critical reflection on the threat from human insiders--its nature, industry perceptions, and detection approaches'. In: International Conference on Human Aspects of Information Security, Privacy, and Trust. Heraklion, Greece 22 - 27.

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