“Developing psychological theory to support conflict prevention, detection, and resolution.”

Society’s standard of living is harmed by conflict between individuals. Conflict comes in many forms. It may be as subtle as a child being manipulated by their parent, which the parent will want to keep hidden from social workers. Or it may be as overt as theft, arson, or worse. In most cases, it will involve some form of manipulation and deception.

Our work is conducted in areas including (but not limited to): lie detection, cheating, persuasion, witness testimony, courtroom practice, security, and domestic abuse.

The Social Conflict Lab is all about better understanding the process of conflict to achieve three core aims.

  • Preventing social conflict
  • Understanding how people think and behave during conflict
  • Resolving conflict

To tackle these issues, we examine the causes, processes and outcomes of human thinking. This means integrating across areas of psychology such as cognition, judgment and decision making, social and developmental psychology, to name a few. This allows us to take a more holistic approach of firmly grounding solutions to practical problems in academic, theoretical research.

You can find more detail under our Research section.

If you have an interest in joining the lab as a PhD student, masters student, or undergraduate research assistant, contact the lab director on the Contact page. If you are a member of an organization and would like to discuss the possibility of working together to better understand conflict in its various guises, check out the Work With Us page. You can keep up with our research on Twitter.