Research Projects

The psychological impact of illusion

Several studies have recently examined the impact of viewing various optical illusions on cognition, creativity and emotion. This project would follow up on this work, exploring how watching videos containing magic tricks and optical illusions impact on a range of psychological variables (including mindset, creativity, attitudes towards the mind and psychology, and mood).

Previous work can be downloaded here.

Eyewitness Testimony and Suggestion

This project involves showing participants one of two videos in which a magician performs a magic trick.  One of the videos contains a verbal suggestion and the other doesn’t.  The participants are then asked to recall the video and we examine the effect of the suggestion of their testimony.  Any project could explore a variety of manipulations and correlates (e.g., Are certain personality types more suggestible?, Is the suggestion more effective when people believe that the demonstration reflects genuine psychic ability?).

This work is based on a paper that you can download here.

The suggestion video can be downloaded here (162 MB) and the non-suggestion video can be downloaded here (162 MB).

The psychology of lying

This project involves showing people film clips of liars and truth tellers, and asking them to try to identify the lies.  Any project could explore a variety of manipulations and correlates (e.g., Are people in certain occupations more accurate lie-detectors?, Are people better able to detect lies when they only hear the soundtrack of the films?).

The clips were filmed for an investigation into eye movement and lying, and you can download this paper here.  There is another paper about lying and modality here.

The film clip of the liars and truth tellers can be downloaded here (500 MB).

A PDF giving the order of the lies and truths in the video can be downloaded here.