Projects per year
My research involves the study of hand gestures as a form of communication that can influence others. I have investigated the role that gestures play in misleading eyewitnesses during police interviews and how covert this process of nonverbal suggestion can be. Since completing my PhD on this topic, I have been interested in studying how information can be conveyed to others nonverbally across a variety of communicative situations (including interviews, in attraction and in marketing). Currently, I am also interested in how gestures can be used to detect deception in others, and how gesture behaviour changes in different scenarios.
* Eyewitness memory, and the susceptibility to misinformation conveyed through gesture.
* Nonverbal behaviour, and the role of hand gestures across a variety of communicative situations.
* Deception detection, and nonverbal cues associated with this.
* Personality differences and social identity theory.
* Module leader for 'Nonverbal Behaviour' BSc (PSY2)
* Module leader for 'Research Methods for Psychologists' BSc (PSY1)
* Module leader for 'Psychology in Action' (PSY1)
* PSY1 tutor
Commercial and public engagement
* Frequent presentations (oral and poster) at BPS conferences (Winner of BPS Poster Prize 2011)
* Numerous press work and media articles on gestural misinformation research
* Frequent online experiments of public interest
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Posture and Clothing
Nonverbal Behaviour in Investigative Interviews
4/01/16 → 30/06/16
The body never lies: an eye-tracking study on the impact of front-line employee hand gesture
Gurney, D. & Bertele, K.
28/09/15 → 31/07/16
Dressing up posture: The interactive effects of posture and clothing on competency judgementsGurney, D., Howlett, N., Pine, K., Tracey, M. & Moggridge, R., 1 May 2017, In: British Journal of Psychology. 108, 2, p. 436–451
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile6 Citations (Scopus)114 Downloads (Pure)
The Saliency of Gestural Misinformation in the Perception of a Violent CrimeGurney, D., Ellis, L. & Vardon-Hynard, E., 18 Apr 2016, In: Psychology Crime and Law. 22, 7, p. 651-665 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)47 Downloads (Pure)
Handmade memories: The robustness of the gestural misinformaton effect in children's eyewitness interviewsKirk, E., Gurney, D., Edwards, R. & Dodimead, C., 1 Sep 2015, In: Journal of Nonverbal Behavior. 39, 3, p. 259-273
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile6 Citations (Scopus)262 Downloads (Pure)
What’s Left Unsaid: How Nonverbal Influence Compares with Verbal InfluenceGurney, D., May 2015, In: Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. 22, 3, p. 465-473
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile140 Downloads (Pure)
A nod in the wrong direction: Does nonverbal feedback affect eyewitness confidence in interviews?Gurney, D., Vekaria, K. & Howlett, N., 2014, In: Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. 21, 2, p. 241-250
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile2 Citations (Scopus)98 Downloads (Pure)