Portrait of Dr Chris N.H. Street Dr Chris N.H. Street

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c.street@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472631


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).

Research and Scholarship

  • Lie Detection Theory
  • Truth Bias
  • Unconscious Lie Detection
  • Deception
  • Preventing Deception
  • Cheating

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.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Street, C., Bischof, W. and Kingstone, A. (2017) ‘Perspective taking and theory of mind in hide and seekAttention, Perception, & Psychophysics . ISSN 1943-393X

Street, C. and Vadillo, M. (2017) ‘Commentary: Can ordinary people detect deception after all?Frontiers in Cognitive Science .


Street, C. and Kingstone, A. (2016) ‘Aligning Spinoza with Descartes: An informed Cartesian account of the truth biasBritish 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 WorldJournal of Behavioral Decision Making . ISSN 0894-3257

Street, C. and Richardson, D. (2015) ‘The Focal Account: Indirect Lie Detection Need Not Access Unconscious, Implicit KnowledgeJournal of Experimental Psychology: Applied , 21 (4), pp. 342-355. ISSN 1076-898X

Street, C (2015) ‘ALIED: Humans as adaptive lie detectorsJournal 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 transformationBehavior Research Methods . ISSN 1554-3528

Street, C. and Richardson, D. (2015) ‘Descartes Versus Spinoza: Truth, Uncertainty, and BiasSocial 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 JudgmentsApplied 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 deceptionFrontiers 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 contextFrontiers in Human Neuroscience , 6. ISSN 1662-5161


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

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



  • PsyPAG Rising Research Award
  • Braddick Research Prize
  • Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fund (£1,160)
  • Grindley Grant (£500)
  • APS Small Research Grant (£260)
  • Santander Student Mobility Scholarship (£1,000)
  • Collaborative Ventures Fund (£2,500)

Grants Reviewed For:

  • Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats

Membership of Professional Bodies:

  • Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Invited External Public Lectures:

  • Social Engineering: A Yorkshire and Humber Fraud Forum Masterclass. Leeds, UK
  • Think the Unthinkable: A masterclass in disguised compliance. Halifax, UK
  • Workshop on Gaze Tracking. London, UK
  • Eye-Tracking for Dummies: An Introduction to Eye Tracking as a Social Science Research Tool. Copenhagen, Denmark

Media Appearance:

  • The Independent
  • EurekAlert!
  • Science Daily
  • Medical Daily

Research Degree Supervision

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).

  • Process of human lie detection
  • Truth bias
  • Metacognition
  • Deception (and prevention)
  • Cheating
  • Small scale theft

Postgraduate research opportunities with Dr Chris N.H. Street


MSc by Research


MSc by Research

Teaching and Professional Activities

  • HMB1036: Investigative Psychology: Tactics and Strategies for Studying Criminal Action
  • Module LeaderHFB2010: Psychology of Criminal Behaviour
  • Contributing LecturerHHB1005: Forensic Psychology
  • Contributing LecturerHHB1020: Psychology Final Year Project 
  • BSc Dissertation SupervisorHIB2003: Developmental and Social Psychologies
  • Personal TutorHIB2004: Cognition, Brain and Behaviour
  • Contributing LecturerHMB1030: Introducing Investigative Psychology: From Offender Profiling to the Science of IP
  • Contributing LecturerHMB1038: Dissertation (Investigative Psychology)
  • MSc Dissertation SupervisorHMB2016: Brain-Behaviour and Cognition