Deception* Research Society

*The choice to use the word “deception” is arbitrary. Deception Research Society is as much about issues related to deception—and what is called, for example, dishonesty, perjury, lying, and malingering—as issues related to honesty, credibility, veracity, and trustworthiness.

About the Project

The Deception Research Society is a project intended to foster the development of scientific knowledge about deception through dialogue between researchers from different disciplines and different countries. We believe this dialogue to be crucial to further understand deception and to promote evidence-based practices to practitioners.


Past events


Decepticon Conference

The first Decepticon took place in 2015, at the University of Cambridge. Sophie Van Der Zee, Ross Anderson, and colleagues brought together deception researchers and practitioners. The second Decepticon took place in 2017, at Stanford University, organized by Jeff Hancock and Dave Marcowitz. The preparation of the third Decepticon is underway.

Lies and Allies Tuesdays

These monthly meetings are a place for deception researchers to share their work, whether past, present or future, in an informal environment fostering constructive and respectful discussions. Participants to these meetings are committed to being “allies” in the development and dissemination of scientific knowledge about deception.

The Deception Diaries

Founded by Louise Jupe, The Deception Diaries is a forum for academics and practitioners within the field of deception, investigative interviewing, and truth-seeking. This interactive space aims to help discuss current challenges academics and practitioners face and how they can work together to find the best way to approach these challenges with confidence.


Sophie Van Der Zee, Ph.D.

Sophie Van Der Zee is a senior researcher at the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children and a visiting researcher at the Erasmus School of Economics. Her research focuses on lie tendency, technology enabled deception detection, dishonesty, and cybercrime.

Vincent Denault, Ph.D.

Vincent Denault is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology of McGill University, and a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law of University of Sherbrooke. His research focuses on issues related to witness testimony, credibility assessment, deception detection, and nonverbal behavior in courtrooms.