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Dr Sophie Van der Zee

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Sophie Van der Zee

Research overview

My PhD explores the possibility of using observed mimicry as a cue to deception. I aim to disentangle the relationships between cognitive load, cultural background, second language and mimicry in a deceptive context. All studies consist of face-to-face interactions, framed as a structured interview. During the interview, the interviewer and interviewee are wearing body motion capturing devices, which are used to objectively and accurately measure the amount of mimicry between the participants. Currently, my research is conducted with the use of 2 cutting edge Xsens full body suits, measuring human motion 120 times per second, using 17 sensors per person.

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