Predatory Parlance: Understanding the Social Psychology of Online Sexual Predators

Friday 29 November 2019, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Venue

County South C89 - View Map

Open to

Alumni, Postgraduates, Public, Staff, Undergraduates

Registration

Registration not required - just turn up

Event Details

Using psychologically-grounded language analysis methods across two studies, we analyze chat transcripts by online predators to gain a glimpse into the motives, intentions, and other psychological processes of the accused as well as the conduct of undercover agents.

Internet sex stings have become popular throughout the US as a way to catch potential child predators before they have the opportunity to victimize actual children. Customarily, online conversations between undercover agents and accused offenders are submitted as evidence in the prosecution of these cases. These chats may be used by prosecutors to demonstrate several aspects of the accused’s psychological profile, such as grooming strategies, the extent to which offenders engaged in rapport building or sexual conversations, and the degree to which offenders controlled/dominated the conversations with their online victims. Using psychologically-grounded language analysis methods across two studies, we analyze transcripts in order to gain a glimpse into the motives, intentions, and other psychological processes of the accused as well as the conduct of undercover agents.

Contact Details

Name Dr Claire Hardaker
Email

c.hardaker@lancaster.ac.uk

Telephone number

+44 1524 593212