CREST Round-up: June 2020

This is a round-up of what CREST has been up to in June 2020. Stay up to date with all our work by signing up to the CREST newsletter.

Blind Networks In The Extreme-Right

A potent combination of technology and a fractured extreme-right is producing innovative organisations that are harder to police.


Psychological Trauma – It’s What Happens To Other People. Right?

Some traumas leave mental scars that take years to appear. Someone can only get help if they escape their own denial and ask for it.


Good news!

Congratulations to CREST doctoral researcher Lynn Weiher for passing her viva. Lynn is one of a wonderful crop of PhD students that CREST has funded and we are delighted for her.

CREST Personal Assistant Amanda Weston sat her Association of University Administrators (AUA) Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration, Management and Leadership, and passed with a Distinction. Congratulations Amanda!


Punishment in Cyber Security

14th July 2020, 10–11.30am

In this virtual workshop CybSafe discuss the findings from their ‘Simulated Phishing and Employee Cybersecurity Behaviour’ project, funded by CREST. Discover what this means for your organisational policies and hear from CybSafe’s panel of industry experts about their experiences of punishment and its impact on cyber security.


HDR Scholarship – Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies

Deakin University, Victoria, Australia
Application deadline: 29th July 2020

A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic ‘Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies’. Deakin University is seeking an outstanding PhD applicant based in social sciences or multidisciplinary inquiry to work with CRIS in the thematic research focus on ‘Building Resilience to Social Harms, Including Violent Extremism’.


SPRITE+ Challenge Working Groups

Dr Jonathan Foster (University of Sheffield) leads ‘Accountability and Ethics in a Digital Ecosystem’ and Dr Lara Frumkin (The Open University) leads ‘Digital Technology, Power and Control’.



Journal articles

Brown, O., Power, N., & Conchie, S. M. (2020). Immersive simulations with extreme teams. Organizational Psychology Review. 

Knott, K. & Lee, B.J. (2020) Ideological Transmission in Extremist Contexts: Towards a Framework of How Ideas Are Shared. Politics, Religion & Ideology, 21:1, 1–23.

Bowden-Green, T., Hinds, J. & Joinson, A. (2020) How is Extraversion related to Social Media Use? A Literature Review. Personality and Individual Differences, 164. (Not open access)

Deeb, H., Vrij, A., Leal, S., Verigin, B.L. & Kleinman, S.M. (2020) When and How are Lies Told? And the Role of Culture and Intentions in Intelligence-Gathering Interviews. Legal and Criminological Psychology.

Kontogianni, F., Hope, L., Taylor, P.J., Vrij, A. & Gabbert, F. (2020) “Tell me more about this…”: An examination of the efficacy of follow-up open questions following an initial account. Applied Cognitive Psychology.

Vrij, A., Mann, S., Leal, S., Fisher, R.P. & Deeb, H. (2020) Sketching while narrating as a tool to detect deceit. Applied Cognitive Psychology. (Not open access until 24th February 2021)

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