Dr Gordon Wright

Staff details

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

Dr Gordon Wright is a lecturer in Psychology and early-career researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London. His PhD (Birkbeck, University of London), explored individual differences in performance in the bi-directional interaction between liars and lie detectors.

His postdoctoral research (University of Leicester) focused on techniques by which to identify and deter Corporate Insider Threats, and was funded by the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI). The project was delivered via a consortium of research units, including the University of Leicester, and the Cyber-Security Centre at Oxford University. 

Gordon continues to research and publish in the areas of deception, dark triad personality traits and investigative interviewing techniques, with recent grants from the College of Policing and CREST, a research body funded by the UK security and intelligence agencies. 

Gordon is Co-Director of the Forensic Psychology Unit (FPU) and Research Coordinator for the MSc in Forensic Psychology at Goldsmiths. 

Gordon currently supervises 3 PhD researchers: 

Jo Kenrick - The development of deceptive Skill

Alessandra Caso - The effect of repeated interviews in forensic settings

Rebecca Wheeler - Self-generated retrieval cues and reluctant witness engagement

Find out more at www.drdeception.com

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Research Interests

Deception

Deception detection

Investigative Interviewing (Victims/Witnesses/Suspects)

Antisocial and 'dark' personality traits

Insider Threat to business and infrastructure

Forensic application of credibility assessment

Predicting psychology and behaviour from limited information

Social-engineering and manipulation

Publications

Article

The dimensions of deception detection: Self‐reported deception cue use is underpinned by two broad factors
Hamlin, Iain; Wright, Gordon R. T.; Van Der Zee, Sophie and Wilson, Stuart. 2018. The dimensions of deception detection: Self‐reported deception cue use is underpinned by two broad factors. Applied Cognitive Psychology, ISSN 0888-4080

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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