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Erik Mac Giolla


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Haraldsgatan 1
41314 Göteborg
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Box 500
40530 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.