Gordon Wright

Lecturer in Psychology, Goldsmiths University of London

Gordon Wright is Lecturer in Psychology, and Early Career Researcher in the Forensic Psychology Unit, at Goldsmiths, University of London. Gordon’s doctoral research (funded by the Economic and Social Research Council) examined individual differences in the abilities to produce and detect lies in interactive settings, employing a range of diverse experimental techniques and novel analytic approaches.

His postdoctoral work, funded by the CPNI, examined the detection of Insider Threats within corporate settings – focussing on fraud, sabotage and intellectual property theft. This research was a collaboration between Oxford, Cardiff and Leicester Universities.

Since joining Goldsmiths, Gordon has been teaching Forensic and Investigative Psychology at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Gordon’s on-going research examines individual differences in performance in mock-suspect interviews, in the roles of both interviewer and interviewee.

The thrust of this research is to integrate credibility assessment into best-practice interview procedures applicable to real-life, establish the reliability of a range of behavioural and linguistic measures for the discrimination of deceptive responding in such scenarios, and the development of evidence-based training procedures to improve interview skill development.

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Recent Publications

  • Wright, G.R.T., Berry, C.J., Catmur, C., & Bird, G. (2015). Good liars are neither ‘Dark’ nor self-deceptive. PLoS One, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.012731
  • Sowden, S., Wright, G.R.T., Banissy, M.J., Catmur C., & Bird. G. (2015). Transcranial current stimulation of temporoparietal junction improves lie detection. Current Biology.
  • Nurse, J.R.C., Buckley, O, Legg, P.A., Goldsmith, M., Creese, S., Wright, G.R.T., & Whitty, M. (2014) “Understanding Insider Threat: A framework for characterising attacks”. In Workshop on Research for Insider Threat (WRIT), IEEE Computer Society Security & Privacy Workshops (SPW14)
  • Wright, G.R.T., Berry, C. J., & Bird, G. (2013). Deceptively simple… The “deception-general” ability and the need to put the liar under the spotlight. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 7, (152), 1-9.
  • Wright, G.R.T., Berry, C. J., & Bird, G. (2012). “You can’t kid a kidder”: association between production and detection of deception in an interactive deception task. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6, 1-7.

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