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Professor Paul J Taylor

Professor, Co-Director, Research Group Lead: Social Processes

Paul J Taylor

Fylde College

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YF

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 594421


Research Interests

I'm interested in how people cooperate. Using experimental, archival and field research, I've studied both the fundamental behavioral and cognitive procsses that make human interaction possible and, more practically, the kinds of tactics and policies that promote peaceful resolutions.

I place a high value on ecological validity. Consequently I've examined the interpersonal dynamics of crisis negotiations, police interrogations, pub fights, vetting interviews, and serious sexual assaults. I've also used ‘process’ methodologies to study contextual determinants of cooperation, such as the factors that precede violence in the lives of male and female terrorists. Common patterns emerge over these contexts, and these provide the basis of operational support and training to law enforcement agencies worldwide.

I'm a Professor of Psychology at Lancaster University, UK, and Professor of Human Interaction at Twente University, The Netherlands. At Lancaster, I direct Security-Lancaster, a University-wide centre of excellence comprising ~60 staff and the latest in research and training facilities. I edit Legal and Criminological Psychology.

Read more at: http://www.pauljtaylor.com

Lab details at: http://www.lab.pauljtaylor.com


  • Forthcoming

    Verbal lie detection

    Vrij, A., Taylor, P. J. & Picornell, I. 2015 Communication in forensic contexts: integrated approaches from psychology and linguistics. Oxburgh, G., Myklebust, T., Grant, T. & Milne, B. (eds.). Wiley

    Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Published

    Investigative psychology

    Taylor, P. J., Bennell, C., Snook, B. & Porter, L. 12/2014 APA handbook of forensic psychology. Cutler, B. & Zapf, P. (eds.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, Vol. 2

    Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Published

    AMAB: automated measurement and analysis of body motion

    Poppe, R., Van der Zee, S., Heylen, D. & Taylor, P. J. 09/2014 In : Behavior Research Methods. 46, 3, p. 625-633 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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