The Social Processes group specialises in the psychology of pro-social and anti-social behaviour, moral and high-risk decision-making, and security and trust.
Deception in autistics adults
01/10/2023 → 30/09/2026
Detecting Hybrid Identities
01/12/2022 → 01/02/2023
RBOC N+ - Resilience Beyond Observed Capabilities
01/03/2022 → 01/02/2026
SL: Safeguarding the Legal Rights of Youth
01/05/2019 → 30/06/2020
SL: Examining turning points within investigative interviews
01/01/2019 → 31/03/2019
SL: CREST: An International Academic-Practitioner Sympoium on Behavioural Science and Security
01/07/2018 → 31/03/2019
The Manipulative presentation techniques of control and coercive offenders
01/07/2017 → 30/04/2018
GetAMoveOn: transforming health through enabling mobility
01/03/2017 → 28/04/2017
If it Looks Like a Duck: Emergent Categorical Structure in the Human Conceptual System
01/04/2016 → 31/10/2018
Serially missed appointments in the NHS: a linkage pathfinder project to inform interventions
01/09/2015 → 31/08/2017
Effects of Types of Service Provision and Consultation Interactions on Carer Adaptation to Childhood Epilepsy
01/04/2014 → 01/07/2018
Motivational configuration of social performance environments
14/03/2014 → 14/09/2015
Replicating WIlliams and Bargh
01/07/2013 → 30/06/2014
01/05/2013 → …
We are home to the ESRC Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST), the UK’s hub for behavioural and social science research into security threats.
Our research is also funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as well as government agencies, industry and charitable institutions.
We specialise in the psychologically informed analysis of digital data – including digital visual data (CCTV, body-cam, smartphone videos, face recognition, face morphing); social media data (social network, Twitter and blog data); smartphone and ambient sensor data (digital traces and location data) as well as studies using virtual reality or whole-body motion capture technology in the laboratory.
We are experts in the study of trust, deception, morality, resilience and identity, and explore these as dynamic social processes at the individual, group and organisational level.
We value methodological plurality – and conduct research using both quantitative and qualitative methods. We were early and enthusiastic adopters of open science practices to guide our research work. We are also at the forefront of research exploring the ethics and values in the use of digital data and new computational techniques.
Social Processes staff are members of interdisciplinary research institutes at the forefront of contemporary data-driven research challenges including the Data Science Institute and Security Lancaster. Members of the Social Processes group also play a leading role in several UKRI multi-million pound NetworkPlus initiatives including: SPRITE+ (Security, Privacy, Identity and Trust Engagement); TAS Node in Resilience (Trustworthy Autonomous Systems); RBOC Network Plus (Resilience Beyond Observed Capabilities).