dr. S.J. Watson (Steven)

Assistant Professor

About Me

I am interested in communicative aspects of investigations, and what this can reveal about the psychological mechanisms that underpin the behaviour of investigators, suspects and witnesses.

I am also interested in research synthesis, meta-analysis and improving scientific practice (E.g. by promoting the principles of open science).


Medicine & Life Sciences
Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
Sex Characteristics
Systematic Reviews
Social Sciences
Influencing Behavior


I am interested in a number of different influences on applied decision making, especially within security and legal contexts. I enjoy taking multi-disciplinary approaches. I am also interested in methods of research synthesis and meta-analysis, and open science. Current and past projects have explored the following topic areas:

Suspect influencing behaviours within investigative interviews.
Insider threat detection via use of language.
Non-verbal signals and non-conscious processing in trust judgments.
Unlawful online file sharing and risk assessment.
Adherence to medicines in chronic illness.
The effects of pre-natal androgen exposure on sexual dimorphism and aggression.


Watson, S. J. (2021). The influencing behaviours of suspects during investigative interviews. Abstract from Onderzoek bij, voor en door de Politie, Netherlands.
Schmuck, A., Wüller, C. A. E. , & Watson, S. J. (2021). The Effect of Denial of the Victim Arguments Within Simulated Suspect Interviews. Abstract from European Association of Psychology and Law Conference.
Weiher, L. , Watson, S. J., & Luther, K. (2021). The Impact of Interview Style on the Development and Maintenance of Rapport While Testing a Novel Measure for Rapport. Abstract from European Association of Psychology and Law Conference.

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I am coordinator for the PCRS Master track.

I also coordinate the MSc course Psychology and Crime, and teach an introduction to R within the Advanced Research Methods course. The materials for this R course are available to everyone via the Open Science Framework here: https://osf.io/3bmgz/ 

I also use DataCamp to help teach part of this R course: https://www.datacamp.com/.

I jointly coordinate the Pre-Master Research Practical course and give lectures in the Psychology of Safety module at BSc level.

I also supervise project students during Module 7 (Research Methods), and supervise a number of BSc and MSc students each year.

I am a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.


Affiliated Study Programmes



Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

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Courses Academic Year  2021/2022

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus (building no. 41), room C237
De Zul 10
7522NJ  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus  C237
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands