Paul Taylor

Professor of Psychology, Lancaster University

Paul is interested in how people cooperate. Using experimental, archival and field research, he has studied both the fundamental behavioural and cognitive processes that make human interaction possible and, more practically, the kinds of tactics and policies that promote peaceful resolutions.

He places a high value on ecological validity. Consequently he’s examined the interpersonal dynamics of crisis negotiations, police interrogations, pub fights, vetting interviews, and serious sexual assaults. He has also used ‘process’ methodologies to study contextual determinants of cooperation, such as the factors that precede violence in the lives of male and female terrorists. Common patterns emerge over these contexts, and these provide the basis of operational support and training to law enforcement agencies worldwide.

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Recent publications

Giebels, E., Oostinga, M. S. D., Taylor, P. J., & Curtis, J. (2017). The cultural dimension of uncertainty avoidance impacts police-civilian interaction. Law and Human Behavior, 41, 98-102. doi:10.1037/lhb0000227
Taylor, P. J., Holbrook, D., & Joinson, A. (2017). A same kind of different: Affordances, terrorism and the Internet. Criminology and Public Policy. doi:10.1111/1745-9133.12285
Carrick, T., Rashid, A., & Taylor, P. J. (2016). Mimicry in online conversations: An exploratory study of linguistic analysis techniques. Proceedings of 2016 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining. doi:10.1109/ASONAM.2016.7752318
Miri, H., Kolkmeier, J., Taylor, P. J., Poppe, R., & Heylen, D. (2016). project SENSE – Multimodal simulation with full-body real-time verbal and nonverbal interactions. In R. Poppe, J-J Meyer, R. Veltkamp, & M. Dastani (Eds). Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment, 178, 279-284.
Wall, H., Taylor, P.J., Campbell, C. (2016) Getting the balance right?: a mismatch in interaction demands between target and judge impacts on judgement accuracy for some traits but not others. Personality and Individual Differences. 88, p. 66-72.
Vrij, A., Taylor, P.J., Picornell, I. (2015) Verbal lie detection. In Communication in investigative and legal contexts. Wiley
Conchie, S.M., Woodcock, H.E., Taylor, P.J. (2015) Trust-based approaches to safety and production. In The Wiley Blackwell handbook of the psychology of occupational safety and workplace health. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell p. 111-132.
Charitonidis, C., Rashid, A., Taylor, P.J. (2015) Weak signals as predictors of real-world phenomena in social media. In ASONAM ’15 Proceedings of the 2015 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining 2015. New York : ACM p. 864-871.
Taylor, P.J., Bennell, C., Snook, B., Porter, L. (2014) Investigative psychology. In APA handbook of forensic psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Poppe, R., Van der Zee, S., Heylen, D., Taylor, P.J. (2014) AMAB: automated measurement and analysis of body motion. In Behavior Research Methods. 46, 3, p. 625-633.
Richardson, B., Taylor, P.J., Snook, B., Conchie, S., Bennell, C. (2014) Language style matching and police interrogation outcomes. In Law and Human Behavior. 38, 4, p. 357-366.
Taylor, P., Larner, S., Conchie, S., Van der Zee, S. (2014) Cross-cultural deception detection. In Deception detection. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell p. 175-202.
Taylor, P.J. (2014) The role of language in conflict and conflict resolution. In The Oxford handbook of language and social psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press p. 459-470.
Taylor, P., Dando, C., Ormerod, T., Ball, L., Jenkins, M., Sandham, A., Menacere, T. (2013) Detecting insider threats to organizations through language change. In Law and Human Behavior. 37, 4, p. 267-275.
Jacques, K., Taylor, P. (2013) Myths and realities of female-perpetrated terrorism. In Law and Human Behavior. 37, 1, p. 35-44.
Wells, S., Taylor, P., Giebels, E. (2013) Crisis negotiation: from suicide to terrorism intervention. In Handbook of research in negotiation. London: Edward Elgar p. 473-498.

More from Paul…


“Tell me more about this…”: An examination of the efficacy of follow-up open questions following an initial account

In information gathering interviews, follow‐up questions are asked to clarify and extend initial witness accounts. Across two experiments, we examined the efficacy of open‐ended...Read More »

From data to datum: What should I do in this case?

At the heart of many scientific efforts to help security professionals is a mathematical challenge. One that has occupied the minds of biologists, sociologists,...Read More »

Psychological and Behavioral Examinations of Online Terrorism

It has long been recognised that terrorists make use of the internet as one of many means through which to further their cause. This...Read More »

Same Kind of Different: Affordances, Terrorism, and the Internet

The rapid development of the Internet as a cornerstone of private and social life has provoked a growing effort by law enforcement and security...Read More »

Lessons from the Extreme: What Business Negotiators Can Learn from Hostage Negotiations

Editors’ Note: The high-stakes world of the hostage negotiator draws instinctive respect from other negotiators. But if you operate in another domain, you could...Read More »

Predicting Collective Action from Micro-Blog Data

Global and national events in recent years have shown that social media, and particularly micro-blogging services such as Twitter, can be a force for...Read More »

Mimicry in Online Conversations: An Exploratory Study of Linguistic Analysis Techniques

A number of computational techniques have been proposed that aim to detect mimicry in online conversations. In this paper, we investigate how well these...Read More »

The Benefits of a Self-Generated Cue Mnemonic for Timeline Interviewing

Reliable information is critical for investigations in forensic and security settings; however, obtaining reliable information for complex events can be challenging. In this study,...Read More »

Culture Moderates Changes in Linguistic Self-Presentation and Detail Provision When Deceiving Others

Change in our language when deceiving is attributable to differences in the affective and cognitive experience of lying compared to truth telling, yet these...Read More »

A Week Without Lying: The Honesty Experiment

Is it possible to go a week without lying? Producers for the BBC’s Horizon programme wanted to find out and CREST Researchers Paul Taylor,...Read More »

Communicating across cultures

Paul Taylor writes about the difficulties of communicating across cultures, and why these matter. From small talk to empathising, he outlines some of the...Read More »

The Director’s Report

Professor Paul Taylor, director of CREST, has published a report on CREST’s key achievements. This past academic year has seen the idea of an...Read More »

7 things worth knowing about groups

We’re all members of groups that we want to succeed. But what if we want some groups, like terrorist cells, to fail? We talked...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 »

The A to Z of Information elicitation

Do you know your phishing from your baselining? This handy A-Z guide gives an overview of the key words in information elicitation. Active listening,...Read More »

The promise of social science

What can social science offer our understanding of security problems? CREST Director Paul Taylor outlines some of the successes and challenges. From understanding what...Read More »

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