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Erik Mac Giolla

Senior lecturer

Erik Mac Giolla
Senior lecturer
+46 31 786 1934

Room number: 519
Postal Address: Box 500, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Haraldsgatan 1 , 41314 Göteborg

Department of Psychology (More Information)
Box 500
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Haraldsgatan 1 , 413 14 Göteborg

About Erik Mac Giolla


B.A. in psychology and philosophy from NUI Galway, 2009. M.A. in philosophy from the University of Gothenburg, 2010. M.Sc. in psychology from the University of Gothenburg, 2013. PhD in pscyhology from the University of Gothenburg, 2016. Docent in psychology from the University of Gothenburg, 2019.


My primary teaching is on cognitive psychology at undergraduate and masters levels.

Research interests

My primary research interest is in legal psychology, as well as cognitive and social psychology.

Member of the research group Criminal, Legal and Investigative Psychology (CLIP).

Current research

I am currently involved in different projects on deception, eyewitnesses, and interview strategies. 

Selected publications

Granhag, P. A., Mac Giolla, E., Sooniste, T., Strömwall, L. A., & Liu-Jönsson, M. (2016). Discriminating between statements of true and false intent: The impact of repeated interviews and strategic questioning. Journal of Applied Security Research, 11, 1-17. doi: 10.1080/19361610.2016.1104230

Mac Giolla, E., Granhag, P. A., & Ask, K. (2016). Task-related spontaneous thought: A novel direction in the study of true and false intentions. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. Advance online publication. doi:10.1016/j.jarmac.2016.04.010

Tekin, S., Granhag, P. A., Strömwall, L. A., Mac Giolla, E., Vrij, A., & Hartwig, M. (2015). Interviewing strategically to elicit admissions from guilty suspects. Law and Human Behavior. Advance online publication. doi. 10.1037/lhb0000131

Mac Giolla, E., Granhag, P.A. & Vrij, A. (2015). Discriminating between true and false intentions. In P.A. Granhag, A. Vrij & B. Verschuere (Eds) Deception detection: Current challenges and new approaches (pp. 155-173). Chichester: John Wiley.

Granhag, P.A., Ask, K., & Mac Giolla, E. (2014). Eyewitness recall: An overview of estimator-based research. In T.J. Perfect & D.S. Lindsay (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Applied Memory (pp. 541-558). London: Sage Publications Ltd.


Latest publications

True and false intentions: A Science of lies about the future
Erik Mac Giolla, Pär-Anders Granhag
The Palgrave Handbook of Deceptive Communication , London, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Can reality monitoring criteria distinguish between true and false intentions?
Erik Mac Giolla, Karl Ask, Pär-Anders Granhag, Annica Karlsson
Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Drawings of false intentions are more abstract than drawings of true intentions
Sofia Calderon, Erik Mac Giolla, Karl Ask, Pär-Anders Granhag
The 28th conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law, Turku, Finland: June 26-29, 2018, Poster 2018

Using the cognitive approach to deception to distinguishing between true and false intentions: Problems and opportunities
Erik Mac Giolla
Paper presented at the 28th meeting of the European Association of Psychology and Law (EAPL). 26-29 June, Turku, Finland, Conference paper 2018
Conference paper

Detecting deception via verbal cues: Towards a context sensitive research agenda
Pär-Anders Granhag, Mark Fallon, Zarah Vernham, Erik Mac Giolla
The psychology of criminal investigation, London, Routledge, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

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Intention related spontaneous thought as a cue to distinguish truth tellers from liars
Erik Mac Giolla, Pär-Anders Granhag, Karl Ask
9th Meeting of the Nordic Network for Research On Psychology and Law, Aarhus, Denmark., Conference contribution 2013
Conference contribution

Detecting false intent among small cells of suspects: Single versus repeated interviews
Erik Mac Giolla, Pär-Anders Granhag
3rd Annual High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG) Research Symposium, Washington, DC., Poster 2013


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