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?I started out in my working life with ten years as an electronics engineer before waking up one morning in 2003 and deciding I'd much rather study Psychology instead. In 2004 I began at the University of Portsmouth and spent eight very happy years there, during which time I completed a BSc in Psychology; an MSc in Psychological Research Methods and lastly a PhD under the supervision of Professors Aldert Vrij and Lorraine Hope, and Dr Bridget Waller. In my PhD I demonstrated that people who were lying during an investigative style interview performed worse on a secondary task than people who were telling the truth. As a postgraduate I also discovered I had a love for teaching and spent four years as an associate psychology lecturer.

After leaving the University of Portsmouth in 2012 I spent four years in the civil service as a Senior Applied Cognitive Psychologist. This role gave me the opportunity to take what I had learnt in my academic studies and use it on a wide range of real-world problems and within a challenging applied setting. I joined the University of Winchester in October 2016 as a Lecturer in Psychology.

I serve on the RKE Ethics committee as the HSS representative and I am currently the main Ethics reviewer for the HSS Faculty. I also have responsibility for all Undergraduate and MSc level ethical review within the Psychology department.

Areas of expertise

Detecting of deception; Investigative interviewing; Research Methods; Research design; Research Ethics; Cognitive Psychology; Social Psychology; Statistical Analysis.


  • Lancaster, G.L.J., Bayless, S.J., & Punia, R. (2020) Examining how the presence, absence and numerical value of a grade affects students’ perceptions of assessment feedback.  Psychology Teaching Review, 26(2).
  • Knight, S., Woodward, K., & Lancaster, G. L. (2017). Violent versus nonviolent actors: An empirical study of different types of extremism. Journal of Threat Assessment and Management4(4), 230.
  • ?Deeb H., Vrij, A,. Hope, L., Mann. S,. Granhag, P-A, & Lancaster, G. (2016) Suspects' consistency in statements concerning two events when different question formats are used. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling 14 (1). pp. 74-87.
  • Lancaster, G. L. J., Vrij, A., Hope, L., & Waller, B. (2013). Sorting the liars from the truth tellers: the benefits of asking unanticipated questions on lie detection. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 27(1), 107-114.
  • Satchell, L. P., Fido, D., Harper, C. A., Shaw, H., Davidson, B., Ellis, D. A., Hart, C. M., Jalil, R., Bartoli, A. J., Kaye, L. K., Lancaster, G. L. J., & Pavetich, M. (2020). Development of an Oine-Friend Addiction Questionnaire (O-FAQ): Are most people really social addicts? Behavior Research Methods. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13428-020-01462-9
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