Dr Mircea Zloteanu


I am an experimental psychology researcher interested in emotions, decision-making, user behaviour in the Sharing Economy, 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 focuses on meta-research and meta-psychology, with a focus on methods, statistics, and open science.

I am also a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), and a member of the American Psychological Association (APA)

I am also the Faculty Research Ethics Lead (FREL) for FBSS.

Academic responsibilities

Senior 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)
  • BPS Chartered Psychologist

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

  • Signal Detection Theory models for understanding Veracity Judgements
  • 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.
  • Morphologic and Dynamic Properties of Deliberate Expressions of Surprise - A machine learning approach.

Qualifications and expertise

  • UKRN (Reproducibility Network) Local Lead - Kingston
  • Freya Project Ambassador
  • CRediT (Contributor Roles Taxonomy) Interest Group Member
  • Psychological Science Accelerator (PSA) Member
  • Center for Open Science (COS) Ambassador

Areas of specialism

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


Number of items: 27.


Zloteanu, Mircea and Vuorre, Matti (2024) A tutorial for deception detection analysis or : how I learned to stop aggregating veracity judgments and embraced signal detection theory mixed models. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, ISSN (print) 0191-5886 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Weiss-Cohen, Leonardo, Newall, Philip, Bart, Yakov, Zloteanu, Mircea, Peacey, Mike, Ayton, Peter and Clacher, Iain (2024) When Vegas comes to Wall Street : associations between stock price volatility and trading frequency among gamblers. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, ISSN (print) 1557-1874 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Zloteanu, Mircea (2023) Uncertain veracity judgments : does the framing of the question influence deception detection? Experimental Results, 4, e8. ISSN (online) 2516-712X

Denault, Vincent and Zloteanu, Mircea (2022) Darwin's illegitimate children : how body language experts undermine Darwin's legacy. Evolutionary Human Sciences, ISSN (online) 2513-843X (Epub Ahead of Print)

Zloteanu, Mircea, Salman, Nadine L., Krumhuber, Eva G. and Richardson, Daniel C. (2022) Looking guilty : handcuffing suspects influences judgements of deception. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 19(3), pp. 231-247. ISSN (print) 1544-4759

Zloteanu, Mircea, Harvey, Nigel, Tuckett, David and Livan, Giacomo (2021) Judgments in the Sharing Economy : the effect of user-generated trust and reputation information on decision-making accuracy and bias. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, p. 776999. ISSN (online) 1664-1078

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, 11, p. 611248. ISSN (online) 1664-1078

Denault, Vincent [Interviewer], Delmas, Hugues [Interviewee] and Zloteanu, Mircea [Interviewee] (2021) Communication non verbale et d├ętection du mensonge : une conversation entre trois jeunes chercheurs. COMMposite, 22(1), pp. 107-119. ISSN (online) 1206-9256

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 (2023) Veracity judgements : reinterpreting the processes behind "deception detection". In: Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC) 2023; 9 - 12 Aug 2023, Nagoya, Japan. (Unpublished)

Zloteanu, Mircea (2023) Veracity judgements : reinterpreting the processes behind "deception detection". In: Annual Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law (EAPL) 2023; 04 - 07 Jul 2023, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. (Unpublished)

Vincent, Denault and Zloteanu, Mircea (2023) Misinformation about evolution and nonverbal behaviour : how body language experts undermine global scientific efforts. In: EHBEA 2023: Annual Conference for the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association; 18 - 21 Apr 2023, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Zloteanu, Mircea [Speaker] (2023) Looking guilty : handcuffing suspects influences judgements of deception. In: Surrey Police Evidence-Based Policing Conference; 17 Apr 2023, Guilford, U.K..

Zloteanu, Mircea (2023) Emotions and facial expressions : theoretical, operational, methodological, and statistical considerations for modern open research. In: SAS 2023 Conference; 30 Mar - 1 Apr 2023, Long Beach, U.S.. (Unpublished)

Zloteanu, Mircea (2022) Stop aggregating veracity judgements! The benefits and necessity of proper data analysis. In: Decepticon 2022; 17-18 Oct 2022, Held online. (Unpublished)

Zloteanu, Mircea, Felisberti, Fatima and Kulke, Louisa (2022) Individual differences affecting dynamic emotion authenticity perception. In: ISRE 2022 : Conference of the International Society for Research on Emotion; 15-18 Jul 2022, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, U.S.. (Unpublished)

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, .


Zloteanu, Mircea (2022) SDT probit models for deception research - R. OSF.

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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

Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

Professional and scholarly affiliations

  • American Psychological Association (APA) - Member

Leadership and management

  • UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN) Local Lead
  • Kingston Open Research Initiative (KORI) Co-Lead
  • ReproducibiliTea Journal Club 
  • StatsTea - Statistics Seminar and Training for Staff and ECRs
  • Faculty Research Ethics Lead (FREL) for FBSS

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