secret camera

Investigating credibility cues when individuals lie or tell the truth about a covert meeting

  • 20 November 2020
  • 3 min read

The purpose of this study is to see how well people can lie or tell the truth about events they witnessed. We will also look at the effects of our interviewing techniques. The proposed study will be to form part of our Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST) research on ways of improving credibility assessment.

The study will last about an hour and involve viewing online footage of a secret meeting and a subsequent interview via Zoom where participants will either have to lie or tell the truth about what they have witnessed. Before and after the interview people will also answer three questionnaires in total.

Volunteers will receive £15 for taking part in this study. Participants will also have the chance to be entered into a prize draw to win one of three prizes up to £150!

Participant Characteristics

Any person over the age of 18 with a good grasp of English is eligible to participate.

What ethics codes does the research project comply with?

SHFEC 2020 – 071

What is the closing date for applications?


For any questions please contact Jennifer Burkhardt;


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