Aldert Vrij
Aldert Vrij, PhD
Professor of Applied Social Psychology

University of Portsmouth


PhD Psychology Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
MSc Social Psychology
BSc Psychology



Aldert Vrij is Professor of Applied Social Psychology, University of Portsmouth (UK). His main research interest is deception, resulting in almost 500 publications. He received grants from British Research Councils, Trusts and Foundations, Insurers, Federal Bureau of Investigation, High value detainee Interrogation Group, and American, British, Dutch, and Singapore Governments, totalling > £4,700,000. He works closely with practitioners (police, security services and insurers) in terms of conducting research and disseminating it’s findings. His 2008 book Detecting lies and deceit: Pitfalls and opportunities is a comprehensive overview of research into (non)verbal and physiological deception and lie detection. He is the contact person of the European consortium of Psychological Research on Deception Detection (EPRODD)

Research Interest

  • Nonverbal And Verbal Cues To Deception
  • Lie detection

Professional Activities:

Professor Applied Social Psychology University of Portsmouth, UK
Senior Lecturer Applied Social Psychology Portsmouth, UK
Reader Applied Social Psychology Portsmouth, UK
Researcher   IVA, Tilburg, the Netherlands
PostDoc Psychology Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands



  1. Ewens, S., Vrij, A., Leal, S., Mann, S., Jo, E., & Fisher, R. P. (in press). The effect of interpreters on eliciting information, cues to deceit and rapport. Legal and Criminological Psychology.
  2. Vrij, A., Leal, S., Mann, S., Vernham, Z., & Brankaert, F. (in press). Translating theory into practice: Evaluating a cognitive lie detection training workshop. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. doi:10.1016/j.jarmac.2015.02.002
  3. Leal, S., Vrij, A., Warmelink, L., Vernham, Z., & Fisher, R. (2015). You cannot hide your telephone lies: Providing a model statement as an aid to detect deception in insurance telephone calls. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 20, 129-146.
  4. Vernham, Z., Vrij, A., Mann, S., Leal, S., & Hillman, J. (2014). Collective interviewing: Eliciting cues to deceit using a turn-taking approach. Psychology, Public Policy and Law, 20, 309-324.
  5. Vrij, A., & Granhag, P. A. (2014). Eliciting information and detecting lies in intelligence interviewing: An overview of recent research. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 28, 936-944.
  6. Vrij, A., Hope, L., & Fisher, R. P. (2014). Eliciting reliable information in investigative interviews. Policy Insights from Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 1, 129-136.
  7. Vrij, A., Mann, S., Jundi, S., Hillman, J. & Hope, L. (2014). Detection of concealment in an information-gathering interview. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 28, 860-866
  8. Jundi, S., Vrij, A., Hope, L., Mann, S., & Hillman, J. (2013). Establishing evidence through undercover and collective intelligence interviewing. Psychology, Public Policy, & Law, 19, 297-306.
  9. Vrij, A., Granhag, P. A., Mann, S., & Leal, S. (2011). Outsmarting the liars: Towards a cognitive lie detection approach. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 20, 28-32.
  10. Vrij, A., Granhag, P. A., & Porter, S. B. (2010). Pitfalls and opportunities in nonverbal and verbal lie detection. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 11, 89-121.
  11. Vrij, A., Leal, S., Granhag, P. A., Mann, S., Fisher, R. P., Hillman, J., & Sperry, K. (2009). Outsmarting the liars: The benefit of asking unanticipated questions. Law and Human Behavior, 33, 159-166.
  12. Vrij, A., Mann, S., Fisher, R., Leal, S., Milne, B., & Bull, R. (2008). Increasing cognitive load to facilitate lie detection: The benefit of recalling an event in reverse order. Law and Human Behavior, 32, 253-265.
  13. Vrij, A., Fisher, R., Mann, S., & Leal, S. (2006). Detecting deception by manipulating cognitive load. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 10, 141-142.
  14. Vrij, A. (2005). Criteria-Based Content Analysis: A qualitative review of the first 37 studies. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 11, 3-41.
  15. Mann, S., Vrij, A., & Bull, R. (2004). Detecting true lies: Police officers’ ability to detect deceit. Journal of Applied Psychology, 89, 137-149.
  16. Mann, S., Vrij, A., & Bull, R. (2002). Suspects, lies and videotape: An analysis of authentic high-stakes liars. Law and Human Behavior, 26, 365-376.