“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 hidden information, usually through manipulation or deception.

Our work explores how we can detect and prevent hidden information. We work in areas including (but not limited to): lie detection, cheating, persuasion, courtroom practice, hide and seek, and organisational security. Underlying all this is the development of judgment and decision making theory under situations of uncertainty.

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

  • Preventing interpersonal conflict
  • Understanding how people think and behave when hiding/seeking hidden information from others
  • Resolving conflict and detecting hidden information

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, psycholinguistic, and developmental psychology, to name but 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.