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I joined Huddersfield in 2015 as a Lecturer in Investigative Psychology. My PhD, on the topic of cognitive processes in lie detection, was obtained at University College London (UCL) in 2013. Thereafter I moved to Vancouver, Canada, and took up a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship before joining Huddersfield.My current research interests are understanding the cognitive processes that underlie various forms of social conflict, from cheating to lie detection. With a background in higher level vision, I continue to have an interest in exploiting gaze behaviour for understanding cognition. I also make use of computational models to explore social-cognitive areas of research. I am the Director of the Social Conflict Lab. I am a keen advocate of public engagement, and am particularly interested in engaging those who would not normally engage with science (for lack of interest or opportunity).
My work explores the cognitive bases of social conflict. How and why do people lie? Can we prevent cheating? And what sorts of strategies do people use when they are deciding if someone is deceiving them? My work shows that people have adaptive, flexible strategies for both acting dishonestly and, more controversially, also have smart and informed strategies for trying to detect others’ dishonesty. The Adaptive Lie Detector account (ALIED: Street, 2015) argues people make informed lie-truth judgments, but perform so poorly because people are such good liars. The account builds on work across a number of psychological domains and has been supported empirically and with computational modelling. I am the Director of the Social Conflict Lab.
Street, C. and Kingstone, A. (2016) ‘Aligning Spinoza with Descartes: An informed Cartesian account of the truth bias’ British Journal of Psychology . ISSN 0007-1269
Street, C. and Vadillo, M. (2016) ‘Can the unconscious boost lie detection accuracy?’ Current Directions in Psychological Science , 25 (4), pp. 246-250. ISSN 0963-7214
Street, C., Bischof, W., Vadillo, M. and Kingstone, A. (2015) ‘Inferring Others' Hidden Thoughts: Smart Guesses in a Low Diagnostic World’ Journal of Behavioral Decision Making . ISSN 0894-3257
Street, C. and Richardson, D. (2015) ‘The Focal Account: Indirect Lie Detection Need Not Access Unconscious, Implicit Knowledge’ Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied , 21 (4), pp. 342-355. ISSN 1076-898X
Street, C (2015) ‘ALIED: Humans as adaptive lie detectors’ Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition , 4 (4), pp. 335-343. ISSN 2211-3681
Street, C. and Masip, J. (2015) ‘The source of the truth bias: Heuristic processing?’ Scandinavian Journal of Psychology , 56 (3), pp. 254-263. ISSN 0036-5564
Vadillo, M., Street, C., Beesley, T. and Shanks, D. (2015) ‘A simple algorithm for the offline recalibration of eye-tracking data through best-fitting linear transformation’ Behavior Research Methods . ISSN 1554-3528
Street, C. and Richardson, D. (2015) ‘Descartes Versus Spinoza: Truth, Uncertainty, and Bias’ Social Cognition , 33 (3), pp. 227-239. ISSN 0278-016X
Street, C. and Richardson, D. (2014) ‘Lies, Damn Lies, and Expectations: How Base Rates Inform Lie-Truth Judgments’ Applied Cognitive Psychology , 29 (1), pp. 149-155. ISSN 0888-4080
Street, C. and Richardson, D. (2014) ‘Are you hiding something from me? Uncertainty and judgments about the intentions of others’. In: CogSci 2014 Proceedings. : Cognitive Science Society. pp. 1545-1550. ISBN 978-0-9911967-0-8
Duran, N. and Street, C. (2014) ‘Nonverbal cues’. In: Encyclopedia of Deception. : Sage. pp. 721-724. ISBN 978-1452258775
Duran, N., Dale, R., Kello, C., Street, C. and Richardson, D. (2013) ‘Exploring the movement dynamics of deception’ Frontiers in Psychology , 4. ISSN 1664-1078
Richardson, D., Street, C., Tan, J., Kirkham, N., Hoover, M. and Ghane Cavanaugh, A. (2012) ‘Joint perception: gaze and social context’ Frontiers in Human Neuroscience , 6. ISSN 1662-5161
Eapen, N., Baron, S., Street, C. and Richardson, D. (2010) ‘The Bodily Movements of Liars’. In: Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. : Cognitive Science Society. pp. 2548-2554. ISBN 9780976831860
Richardson, D., Street, C. and Tan, J. (2010) ‘Joint perception: gaze and beliefs about social context’. In: Cognition in Flux Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. : Cognitive Science Society. pp. 290-296. ISBN 9780976831860
I am happy to consider supervising students with an interest in cognition during social conflict (or cooperation - but let’s face it, conflict is more exciting). You may wish to check out my publication list to get a feeling for what interests you. The following areas of research are of interest to me (not exhaustive).