Forensic Psychology, Psychology

Detecting Deception: Can you spot a liar?

OU psychologist Zoe Walkington and her team have put together a great interactive video on lie detection. You can watch a video of a number of people being interviewed and either lying - or telling the truth - about whether or not they stole some money. Then you get the chance to figure out which… Continue reading Detecting Deception: Can you spot a liar?

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Forensic Psychology, Psychology

New research shows distraction of hands-free phones

OU Psychologists Gemma Briggs and Jim Turner have been in the news this week talking about their new research on the use of hands-free phones while driving. Gemma, Jim and colleagues examined the reaction times of drivers when they were using hands-free phones, and studied what they noticed and missed on the road. They found that when drivers… Continue reading New research shows distraction of hands-free phones

Forensic Psychology, Psychology

Do new laws on phone use whilst driving fully reflect scientific knowledge?

Gemma Briggs writes... On 1st March, tougher penalties for hand-held phone use whilst driving came into force. Those who are caught now face a £200 fine and 6 points on their licence. On announcing the change in legislation, Transport minister, Chris Grayling claimed that drivers must “take responsibility” for their actions, making phone use behind the… Continue reading Do new laws on phone use whilst driving fully reflect scientific knowledge?