School of Psychology
Darwin Building, DB117
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Subject Areas: Social and forensic psychology, lie detection, psychology of deception, courts, juries (especially decision making), prosocial behaviour, why people help/don’t help others, social influence (obedience, conformity, compliance).
Originally, before deciding to change careers to the field of psychology, Paul worked as a computer analyst / programmer. He attended the University of Essex as a mature student gaining a first class degree in psychology in 1996. Paul then went on to study for his PhD at the University of Hertfordshire, (completed in 2001) looking at ways to improve lie detection accuracy.
Dr. Paul Seager is a Senior Lecturer, and has been teaching social psychology for over fifteen years. Originally, before deciding to change careers to the field of psychology, Paul worked as a computer analyst / programmer. He attended the University of Essex as a mature student gaining a first class degree in psychology in 1996. Paul then went on to study for his PhD at the University of Hertfordshire, (completed in 2001) looking at ways to improve lie detection accuracy.
He has a keen interest in the area of social influence, and is especially interested in how con artists use social psychology to dupe their victims. Paul is also an expert in the area of deception detection, and has appeared on many radio and TV programmes talking about the subject (various BBC national and local radio contributions e.g. Radio 2 (Chris Evans) and Radio 5 (Simon Mayo), and ‘The Real Hustle’ on BBC3). He has also contributed to many Radio 4 programmes.
He is the co-author of three books in the areas of lie detection (‘Would I Lie to You’), moving house (‘Upping Sticks’), and parenting (‘Surviving the Terrible Teens’), and regularly participates in public engagement events to help with the public understanding of psychology, the most recent of these being held at the Natural History Museum in London. In his spare time, Dr. Seager is a keen poker player (where his academic interests come in very handy), and has written a series of articles linking psychology and poker for ‘Poker Player’ magazine.
His latest book, "Social Psychology: A Complete Introduction", was published on November 28th 2014
Paul has articles published on The Conversation:
PhD Psychology, University of Hertfordshire (2001)
BA(Hons) Psychology, University of Essex (1996)
Sorqvist, P., Haga, A., Langeborg, L., Holmgren, M., Wallinder, M., Nostl, A., Seager, P. B., & Marsh, J. E. (2015) Exploring mechanisms and limits for the eco-label effect. Food Quality & Preference, 43, 1-9.
Seager, P. B. (2014). Social Psychology. A Complete Introduction. Hodder.
Seager, P. B. & Mann, S. (2013) Would I Lie To You? Albert Bridge Books.
Mann, S., Seager, P. B., & Weinberg, J. (2008) Surviving the Terrible Teens: How to Have a Teenager and Stay Sane. White Ladder Press.
PS1020: Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
PS1045: Current Topics in Psychology II
PS1630: Topics in Forensic & Criminal Psychology
PS2020: Social & Developmental Psychology
PS3060: Interpersonal & Organisational Psychology
PS4020: Social & Developmental Psychology
PS4051: Advanced Topics in Social Psychology
PS4602: Detecting Credibility & Deception
PS4805: Psychology, Investigation & The Courtroom
Course Leader for BSc (Hons.) Social Psychology
Third year project supervisor (in the areas of deception, juror decision making, and social influence)
Member of the British Psychological Society
Member of the Higher Education Academy
Improving Lie Detection Accuracy
Social Influence – Labelling Effects