Professor, the University of Westminster

Tom Buchanan is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Westminster. With a background in personality and social psychology, he has been doing research at the interface of psychology and the internet since the late 1990s. Much of his work has focused on web-based psychological measurement and the validity of online research techniques.

Other work has involved applying these techniques to substantive real-world questions, including side effects of recreational drug use, online fraud, and psychological assessment.

His current research activities span a number of aspects of how people engage with technology. These include online self-presentation, use of online educational technologies, and interaction with ‘fake news’ in social media.

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Recent Publications

  • Buchanan, T. (2015). Aggressive priming online: Facebook adverts can prime aggressive cognitions. Computers in Human Behavior, 48(2015), 323-330. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2015.01.072
  • Marriott, T. C., & Buchanan, T. (2014). The true self online: Personality correlates of preference for self-expression online, and observer ratings of personality online and offline. Computers in Human Behavior, 32, 171-177. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2013.11.014
  • Buchanan, T., & Whitty, M. T. (2014). The online dating romance scam: causes and consequences of victimhood. Psychology, Crime and Law, 20(3), 261-283. doi:10.1080/1068316X.2013.772180
  • Whitty, M. T., & Buchanan, T. (2012). The Online Romance Scam: A serious cybercrime. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 15(3), 181-183. doi:10.1089/cyber.2011.0352.
  • Whitty, M. T., Buchanan, T., Joinson, A. N., & Meredith, A. (2012). Not all lies are spontaneous: An examination of deception across different modes of communication. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 63(1), 208-216.

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