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prof.dr. P.J. Taylor (Paul)

About Me

Paul Taylor is Professor of Human Interaction at the University of Twente. His expertise is the collection and analysis of behaviour sequence data (often using technology), particularly the verbal and nonverbal data of interpersonal interactions. His work has developed a framework for understanding communicative sensemaking, developed novel ways of tracking social cohesion online, and built language-based tools for detecting insider threat. In October 2015, Paul became the inaugural director of the UK's Centre for Research and Evidence in Security Threats, which is funded by the UK security and intelligence agencies.

Expertise

Language
Police
System
Terrorism
Criminal
Police
Communication
Terrorism
Offense
Psychology

Research

My work examines human cooperation. I seek to understand how certain people—who I call ‘good strangers’—are effective at educing cooperation from those who might otherwise be mistrusting or hostile. My research answers this question in two ways: by developing our understanding of how human interaction works (e.g., Taylor, 2002, reference below) and, more practically, by identifying the kinds of verbal and nonverbal behaviors that educe cooperation (e.g., Giebels & Taylor, 2009).

I place a high value on ecological validity. Consequently I've examined the interpersonal dynamics of crisis negotiations, police interrogations, pub fights, vetting interviews, and serious sexual assaults. I've also used ‘process’ methodologies to study contextual determinants of cooperation, such as the factors that precede violence in the lives of male and female terrorists. Common patterns emerge over these contexts, and these provide the basis of operational support and training to law enforcement agencies worldwide.

CV available here: https://goo.gl/kPSiwZ

Publications

Recent
Taylor, P. J., & Donohue, W. A. (2017). Lessons from the extreme: what business negotiators can learn from hostage negotiations. In C. Honeyman, & A. Schneider (Eds.), The negotiator's desk reference (Negotiator's Desk Reference).
Taylor, P. J., Larner, S., Conchie, S. M., & Menacere, T. (2017). Culture moderates changes in linguistic self-presentation and detail provision when deceiving others. Royal Society Open Science, 4. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.170128
Taylor, P. J., Holbrook, B. D., & Joinson, A. (2017). Same kind of different: affordances, terrorism, and the Internet. Criminology & Public Policy, 16(1), 127-133. DOI: 10.1111/1745-9133.12285
Miri, H., Kolkmeier, J., Taylor, P. J., Poppe, R., & Heylen, D. (2016). project SENSE: multimodal simulation with full-body real-time verbal and nonverbal interactions. In R. Poppe, J-J. Meyer, R. Veltkamp, & M. Dastani (Eds.), Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment: 8th International Conference, INTETAIN 2016, Utrecht, The Netherlands, June 28-30, 2016 (pp. 279-284). (Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering; Vol. 178). Cham: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-49616-0_28
Emeno, K., Bennell, C., Snook, B., & Taylor, P. J. (2016). Geographic profiling survey: a preliminary examination of geographic profilers' views and experiences. International Journal of Police Science and Management, 18(1), 3-12. DOI: 10.1177/1461355715621070
Carrick, T., Rashid, A., & Taylor, P. J. (2016). Mimicry in online conversations: an exploratory study of linguistic analysis techniques. In R. Kumar, J. Caverlee, & H. Tong (Eds.), Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM) : 2016 IEEE/ACM International Conference on (pp. 732-736). IEEE. DOI: 10.1109/ASONAM.2016.7752318
Conchie, S. M., Woodcock, H. E., & Taylor, P. J. (2015). Trust-based approaches to safety and production. In S. Clarke, T. M. Probst, F. Guldenmund, & J. Passmore (Eds.), The Wiley Blackwell handbook of the psychology of occupational safety and workplace health (pp. 111-132). (Wiley Blackwell handbooks in organizational psychology). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. DOI: 10.1002/9781118979013.ch6
Taylor, P. J., Larner, S., Conchie, S., & van der Zee, S. (2015). Cross-cultural deception detection. In P. A. Granhag, & B. Verschuere (Eds.), Deception detection: Current challenges and new approaches (pp. 175-201). London, UK: Wiley. DOI: 10.1002/9781118510001.ch8
Charitonidis, C., Rashid, A., & Taylor, P. J. (2015). Weak signals as predictors of real-world phenomena in social media. In J. Pei, F. Silvestri, & J. Tang (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2015 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining: ASONAM 2015: Paris, France, August 25-28, 2015 (pp. 864-871). (ASONAM '15). New York, NY: Association for Computing Machinery. DOI: 10.1145/2808797.2809332
Vrij, A., Taylor, P. J., & Picornell, I. (2015). Verbal lie detection. In G. Oxburgh, T. Myklebust, T. Grant, & R. Milne (Eds.), Communication in investigative and legal contexts: integrated approaches from forensic psychology, linguistics and law enforcement [Chapter 12] (Psychology of Crime, Policing and Law). Wiley. DOI: 10.1002/9781118769133.ch12
Poppe, R. W., van der Zee, S., Heylen, D. K. J., & Taylor, P. J. (2014). AMAB: Automated measurement and analysis of body motion. Behavior research methods, 46(3), 625-633.
Taylor, P. J. (2014). The role of language in conflict and conflict resolution. In T. Holtgraves (Ed.), Handbook of Language and Social Psychology (pp. -). New York: Oxford University Press.
Taylor, P. J., Bennell, C., & Snook, B. (2014). Investigative psychology. In B. L. Cutler, & P. A. Zapf (Eds.), APA handbook of forensic psychology (pp. -). Washington USA: APA.
Poppe, R. W., van der Zee, S., Heylen, D. K. J., Taylor, P. J., & Taylor, P. J. (2014). AMAB: Automated measurement and analysis of body motion. Behavior research methods, 46(3), 625-633. DOI: 10.3758/s13428-013-0398-y
Richardson, B. H., Taylor, P. J., Snook, B., Conchie, S. M., & Bennell, C. (2014). Language style matching and confessions in police interrogations. Law and human behavior, 38(4), 357-366. DOI: 10.1037/lhb0000077
Richardson, B. H., Taylor, P. J., Snook, B., Conchie, S. M., & Bennell, C. (2014). Language style matching and police interrogation outcomes. Law and human behavior, 38(4), 357-366. DOI: 10.1037/lhb0000077
McClelland, C., Conchie, S., Ellis, D., & Taylor, P. J. (2014). When do teams fail? Factors inhibiting team performance.. -.
Taylor, P. J., Dando, C., Omerod, T., Ball, L., Jenkins, M., Sandham, A., & Menacere, T. (2013). Detecting insider threats to organizations through language change. Law and human behavior, 37, 267-275.
Jacques, K., & Taylor, P. J. (2013). Myths and realities of female-perpetrated terrorism. Law and human behavior, 37(1), 35-44. DOI: 10.1037/h0093992
Other Contributions
  • 1.Richardson, B., Taylor, P. J., Snook, B., Conchie, S. M., & Bennell, C. (2014). Language style matching and confessions in police interrogations. Law and Human Behavior, 38, 357-366.
  • 1.Poppe, R., van der Zee, S., Heylen, D., & Taylor, P. J. (2014). AMAB: Automated measurement and analysis of body motion. Behavior Research Methods, 46, 625-633. doi:10.3758-13428-013-0398-y
  • 2.Taylor, P. J. (2014). The role of language in conflict and conflict resolution. In T. Holtgraves (Ed.), Handbook of Language and Social Psychology (pp. 459-470). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • 3.Wall, H. J., Taylor, P. J., Conchie, S. M., Dixon, J., & Ellis, D. (2013). Rich contexts do not always enrich the accuracy of personality judgments. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 1190-1195.
  • 4.Taylor, P. J., Dando, C., Ormerod, T., Ball, L., Jenkins, M., Sandham, A., & Menacere, T. (2013). Detecting insider threats to organizations through language change. Law and Human Behavior, 37, 267-275.
  • 5.Jacques, K., & Taylor, P. J. (2013). Myths and realities of female-perpetrated terrorism. Law and Human Behavior, 37, 35-44.
  • 2.Giebels, E., & Taylor, P. J. (2009). Interaction patterns in crisis negotiations: Persuasive arguments and cultural differences. Journal of Applied Psychology, 94, 5-19.
  • 3.Taylor, P. J. (2002). A cylindrical model of communication behavior in crisis negotiations. Human Communication Research, 28, 7-48.

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Projects

Together with colleagues in PCRS and EEMCS, my current research projects address the following aspects of the two questions described above:

Correlates of cooperation

Using the latest technological advances in measuring both verbal and nonverbal behavior (the latter thanks to Xsens, which was originally developed in Twente!), Dr Miri and I are examining traditional concept of communication accommodation and its relationship with cooperation. We are particularly interested in how cooperation emerges over time and how people handle ‘cooperation paradoxes;’ where the social signals of one channel do not lead the observer to make the same inferences as they do from other channels.

Interpersonal sensemaking in high-risk interactions

Using the latest text analysis methods and experiments, prof dr. Giebels, Miriam Oostinga, Joanne Curtis and I are examining the impact of difference influence messages in cross-cultural interactions. We are particular interested in what shapes the way in which people interpret the messages of others and how misinterpretations are overcome effectively. Identifying what messages work and under what conditions they work moves forward our model of ‘the good stranger.’

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands