This is a roundup of what CREST has been up to this March. You can stay up-to-date by signing up to the CREST Newsletter, and have CREST news and updates delivered straight to your inbox.
We have published a number of new resources in the last Month. Don’t forget that you can access all of our resources here.
Glossary: Islamist Extremist Material
This glossary explains the meanings of just under a hundred Islamist extremist words and phrases in every-day language.
If there are other phrases or words that you have come across that you would like to see included, please let us know here.
Five new guides on detecting targets
CREST Guide: What Makes Spotting Faces Difficult?
Intuitively, we might assume that humans can search for more than one unfamiliar face at a time. The reality is quite different. Read this guide.
CREST Guide: Finding Hidden Targets
The good news about searching for a camouflaged target is that practice at breaking one kind of camouflage seems to develop skill at breaking other kinds of camouflage. Read this guide.
CREST Guide: Individual Differences In Ability To Search
There are a number of factors which can affect peoples’ ability to search and detect targets. These can be cognitive abilities like perception and working memory. Functional factors like how much someone can see without moving their eyes can also play a role. Read this guide.
CREST Guide: Detecting Rare Targets
Long-term history of target likelihood is more influential than what has happened on recent trials or what is predicted to happen. Read this guide.
CREST Guide: How Training And Professional Experience Affect The Ability To Spot Targets
A well-designed training programme can accelerate practice effects. But what does it mean for a training programme to be well-designed? Read this guide.
CREST Digest issue 2
Issue 2 of the CREST Digest was launched on Tuesday 21st March, edited by Christina Winters. CREST Digest is a short research scan of published, peer-reviewed academic research, providing a round-up of research relevant to understanding and countering security threats. Every edition is broken down into summaries of the key research, including:
- New research – a scan of the current research on security threats.
- Articles that caught our eye – other articles we think you’ll find of interest.
- New journal issues – the latest publications as well as new books.
- Beyond the peer-reviewed literature – reports from journalists, researchers, think tanks and governments.
In this issue (read it here) we include research about memes, trolling, and flaming and how Islamic State grooms young people on social media. We also include research on how to choose a good password, conversion and Islamist terrorism, and how to avoid phishing.
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CREST on film
CREST YouTube channel
Our YouTube channel showcases some of the research and work undertaken by CREST Researchers. Watch these videos and learn more about what other CREST researchers are doing. We encourage you to share these videos, which you can also view on our website here.
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Out and about
New Small Grant Awarded
CREST researcher Kim Knott, and CREST associates Sarah Marsden and James Lewis (Lancaster University) have won a grant from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to produce two CREST guides on ‘What works in CVE interventions’.
Emma Barrett, CREST Research to Practice Fellow (Lancaster University) addressed the National Academies Decadal Survey on Social and Behavioural Sciences for National Security in Washington DC on 23 March. She spoke about the work CREST is doing and about the range of topics on which social and behavioural science research can make a difference to security issues.
Benjamin Lee (Lancaster University) attended a series of meetings in Ottawa organised by Public Safety Canada, The SecDev Foundation, and the Canadian Network for research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS). This visit included remarks on CREST delivered to an audience of policy makers and researchers at the British High Commissioner’s Residence.
Paul Gill (University College London) was Keynote Speaker at the Asia Pacific Association of Threat Assessment Professionals annual conference, Singapore (2017).
Press and publications
Corner, E. and Gill, P. (2017) “Is There a Nexus Between Terrorist Involvement and Mental Health in the Age of the Islamic State?” The CTC Sentinel 10(1):1-10.
CREST doctoral student Rosie Mutton wrote a blog about starting a PhD, which you can read here. If you would like to read more insight into PhD journeys and experiences, then follow Let’s Talk Academia.
Read and share:
- What Do Islamic Extremists Mean? by Matthew Francis
- Are converts to Islam more likely to become extremists? by Matthew Francis and Kim Knott
- How Does The Family Pass On Religion? by Kim Knott and Benjamin Lee
- Transmitting Terrorism: A Family Affair? by Simon Copeland
- Just Another Face In The Crowd – What Makes Spotting Unfamiliar Faces Difficult? by Nick Donnelly, Anne Hillstrom and Natalie Mestry
- Phishing Scams Are Becoming Ever More Sophisticated – And Firms Are Struggling To Keep Up by Debi Ashenden and Emma Williams
- How Beliefs May Come And Go: A Brief Overview Of A ‘Cult Career’ by Amanda van Eck Duymaer van Twist
- From Ideological Material To Targeting Choice In Leaderless Jihadist by Sarah Marsden
CREST Security Review: After Islamic State
The Islamic State’s territory is in decline. Squeezed on all sides, it is facing a future where it can no longer lay claim to statehood. In the next issue of CSR, we ask leading scholars from around the globe to consider perspectives on the question: What happens after Islamic State?
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