Dr Mircea Zloteanu


I am an experimental psychology researcher interested in emotions, decision-making, and deception detection. My research focuses on the behavioural cues used to ascertain if people are being truthful or deceptive. My work involves investigating differences in judgements and perceptions made alone or in groups, embodied effects on attention and information processing, the impact of situational factors on accuracy and bias, the production of deceptive facial expressions, and improving forensic interviewing practices. Recently, my research has focused on the role of trust and reputation in the Sharing Economy and online user behaviour.

Academic responsibilities

Lecturer Criminology and Investigative Psychology


  • PhD Experimental Psychology, University College London (UCL)
  • MSc Social Cognition (Dist.), University College London (UCL)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (1:1 First), Goldsmiths College London
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Teaching and learning

Qualifications and expertise

  • Fellow Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE)
  • Teaching in Higher Education – PGCE Certified – Centre for Advancing Learning and Teaching (CALT)

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


Current Projects

  • Digital Identity: How Cultural Differences Shape the Sharing Economy.
  • Digital Identity: Monetary Risk and Information Bias in Sharing Economy Interactions.
  • Surprise: A Dynamic Expressions Database of Multiple Production Methods
  • Staying with a Criminal: The Effect of Violent and Non-Violent Offender Host Profiles on User Behaviour in Sharing Economy Platforms.
  • Deception Detection and Emotion Recognition: A Dual-Systems Approach.
  • Many Labs: Replication of ‘Embodiment of Abstract Concepts: Good and Bad in Right- and Left-handers'.
  • Morphologic and Dynamic Properties of Deliberate Expressions of Surprise - A machine learning approach.

Qualifications and expertise

  • Center for Open Science (COS) Ambassador
  • Freya Project Ambassador
  • CRediT (Contributor Roles Taxonomy) Interest Group Member
  • Psychological Science Accelerator (PSA) Member

Areas of specialism

  • Deception Detection
  • Facial Expressions and Emotions
  • Group decision-making
  • Veracity Judgements and Bias
  • Sharing Economy and User Behaviour


Number of items: 12.


Zloteanu, Mircea, Krumhuber, Eva G. and Richardson, Daniel C. (2021) Acting surprised : comparing perceptions of different dynamic deliberate expressions. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 45, pp. 169-185. ISSN (print) 0191-5886

Zloteanu, Mircea, Krumhuber, Eva G. and Richardson, Daniel C. (2021) Sitting in judgment : how body posture influences deception detection and gazing behavior. Behavioral Sciences, 11(6), p. 85. ISSN (online) 2076-328X

Zloteanu, Mircea, Bull, Peter, Krumhuber, Eva and Richardson, Daniel (2021) Veracity judgement, not accuracy : reconsidering the role of facial expressions, empathy, and emotion recognition training on deception detection. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 74(5), pp. 910-927. ISSN (print) 1747-0218

Zloteanu, Mircea and Krumhuber, Eva (2021) Expression authenticity : the role of genuine and deliberate displays in emotion perception. Frontiers in Psychology, ISSN (online) 1664-1078 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Namba, Shushi, Matsui, Hiroshi and Zloteanu, Mircea (2021) Distinct temporal features of genuine and deliberate facial expressions of surprise. Scientific Reports, 11, p. 3362. ISSN (online) 2045-2322

Lodge, Chloe and Zloteanu, Mircea (2020) Jurors' expectations and decision-making : revisiting the CSI effect. The North of England Bulletin, 2020(2), pp. 19-30.

Zloteanu, Mircea, Harvey, Nigel, Tuckett, David and Livan, Giacomo (2018) Digital identity : the effect of trust and reputation information on user judgement in the sharing economy. PLoS ONE, 13(12), e0209071. ISSN (online) 1932-6203

Zloteanu, Mircea, Krumhuber, Eva G. and Richardson, Daniel C. (2018) Detecting genuine and deliberate displays of surprise in static and dynamic faces. Frontiers in Psychology, 9(1184), ISSN (print) 1664-1078

Book Section

Zloteanu, Mircea (2020) Reconsidering facial expressions and deception detection. In: Freitas-Magalhaes, A. and Borod, Joan, (eds.) Handbook of Facial Expression of Emotion. Porto, Portugal : FEELab Science Books. pp. 238-283. 3 ISBN 9788410746978

Zloteanu, Mircea (2015) The role of emotions in detecting deception. In: Williams, Emma and Sheeha, Iman, (eds.) Deception : an interdisciplinary exploration. Oxford, U.K. : Brill. pp. 203-217. ISBN 9781848883543

Conference or Workshop Item

Zloteanu, Mircea, Krumhuber, Eva and Richardson, Daniel (2019) The importance of posed facial expression production and presentation method on authenticity discrimination. In: ISRE 2019; 10-13 Jul 2019, Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Unpublished)


Zloteanu, Mircea (2017) Emotions and deception detection. (PhD thesis), University College London, .

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Business, knowledge transfer and international

Qualifications and PROFESSIONAL expertise

  • Behavioural Consultant - BrainPool AI (London, UK)
  • Academic Tutor - TheProfs, Ltd. (London, UK)
  • Expert Consultant - BBC 50:50 Project
  • Advisor for Digital Economy Outlook - OECD

Areas of interest

  • UX, user engagement, digital identiy
  • behavioural research and behavioural change
  • data science and business science
  • blockchain

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