Aldert Vrij

Professor of Applied Social Psychology, University of Portsmouth

Aldert Vrij is Professor of Applied Social Psychology, University of Portsmouth (UK). His main research interest is deception, resulting in almost 500 publications. He received grants from British Research Councils, Trusts and Foundations, Insurers, Federal Bureau of Investigation, High value detainee Interrogation Group, and American, British, Dutch, and Singapore Governments, totalling > £4,300,000. He works closely with practitioners (police, security services and insurers) in terms of conducting research and disseminating it’s findings. His 2008 book Detecting lies and deceit: Pitfalls and opportunities is a comprehensive overview of research into (non)verbal and physiological deception and lie detection. He is the contact person of the European consortium of Psychological Research on Deception Detection (EPRODD)

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Recent publications

Vrij, A., Hope, L., & Fisher, R. P. (2014). Eliciting reliable information in investigative interviews. Policy Insights from Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 1, 129-136. DOI: 10.1177/2372732214548592.
Vrij, A., Fisher, R., Blank, H. (2015). A cognitive approach to lie detection: A meta-analysis. Legal and Criminological Psychology. DOI:10.1111/lcrp.12088.
Vrij, A., Leal, S., Mann, S., Vernham, Z., & Brankaert, F. (2015). Translating theory into practice: Evaluating a cognitive lie detection training workshop. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 4, 110-120. doi:10.1016/j.jarmac.2015.02.002

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Eliciting Information and Cues to Deceit

Eliciting Information and Cues to DeceitEliciting Information and Cues to Deceit by CREST Researchers Aldert Vrij, Lorraine Hope, Feni Kontogianni, Becky Milne, Zarah Vernham, and Samantha Mann. This poster...Read More »

How unexpected questions can catch out liars

Aldert Vrij and Matthew Francis write about how an interview technique – asking unexpected questions – can help catch out liars. One of the...Read More »

CREST Guide: The model statement technique

This CREST Guide is an overview of an interviewing tactic – the model statement technique – a simple technique for eliciting more information from...Read More »

Masterclass in eliciting intelligence information

CREST Researchers delivered a masterclass on intelligence interviewing to over fifty practitioners from European government, police and military organisations. The day covered new techniques...Read More »

Liars struggle to provide checkable details

A short guide to aid in deception detection Research by CREST programme lead Professor Aldert Vrij has shown that when people tell lies in...Read More »

Research on the verifiability approach in interviewing

The research in this paper contributed to the CREST guide on checkable details in interviewing. It demonstrates a method interviewers can use to aid in determining...Read More »

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