Dr Gordon Wright

Staff details

Dr Gordon Wright






g.wright (@gold.ac.uk)

Goldsmiths Research Centres/Groups

Gordon studies the personality and everyday behaviour of liars, lie detectors and antagonistic individuals

Dr Gordon Wright is a lecturer in Psychology and 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, antagonistic 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.

Teaching and supervision

Gordon is Module Coordinator for Y2 Research Methods in Psychology

Research interests

  • The cognitive, social and decision-making processes involved in deception and other antagonistic or antisocial everyday behaviours
  • Interpersonal perception and cognitive perspective taking in ecological settings
  • Predicting personality and behaviour from limited information

Publications and research outputs


Gabbert, Fiona; Hope, Lorraine; Luther, Kirk; Wright, Gordon R. T.; Ng, Magdalene and Oxburgh, Gavin. 2021. Exploring the use of rapport in professional information‐gathering contexts by systematically mapping the evidence base. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 35(2), pp. 329-341. ISSN 0888-4080

Denault, Vincent; Plusquellec, Pierrich; Jupe, Louise M.; St-Yves, Michel; Dunbar, Norah E.; Hartwig, Maria; Sporer, Siegfried L; Rioux-Turcotte, Jessica; Jarry, Jonathan; Walsh, Dave; Otgaar, Henry; Viziteu, Andrei; Talwar, Victoria; Keatley, David A.; Blandón-Gitlin, Iris; Townson, Clint; Deslauriers-Varin, Nadine; Lilienfeld, Scott O.; Patterson, Miles L.; Areh, Igor; Allan, Alfred; Evans Cameron, Hilary; Boivin, Rémi; ten Brinke, Leanne; Masip, Jaume; Bull, Ray; Cyr, Mireille; Hope, Lorraine; Strömwall, Leif A.; Bennett, Stephanie J.; Al Menaiya, Faisal; Leo, Richard A.; Vredeveldt, Annelies; Laforest, Marty; Honts, Charles R; Manzanero, Antonio L.; Mann, Samantha; Granhag, Pär-Anders; Ask, Karl; Gabbert, Fiona; Guay, Jean-Pierre; Coutant, Alexandre; Hancock, Jeffrey; Manusov, Valerie; Burgoon, Judee K.; Kleinman, Steven M.; Wright, Gordon R. T.; Landström, Sara; Freckelton, Ian; Vernham, Zarah and van Koppen, Peter J.. 2020. The Analysis of Nonverbal Communication: The Dangers of Pseudoscience in Security and Justice Contexts. Anuario de Psicología Jurídica, 30(1), pp. 1-12. ISSN 1133-0740

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, 32(3), pp. 307-314. ISSN 0888-4080

Conference or Workshop Item

Wright, Gordon R. T.. 2020. 'Does Pinocchio’s Nose Actually Exist?: distilling myth from fact in the area of deception detection.'. In: Behavioural Analysis Annual Conference 2020. Online, United Kingdom 5-7 October 2020.

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: 2014 IEEE Security and Privacy Workshops. San Jose, CA, United States 17-18 May 2014.

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 June 2014.


Wright, Gordon R. T.. 2018. Horizon: A Week without Lying - The Honesty Experiment.


Wright, Gordon R. T. and Ferenczi, Nelli. 2018. Cross-Cultural Dimensions Impacting Persuasion And Influence In Security Contexts. Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats, CREST Security Review.