Nonverbal psychologist studying suggestion
and deception in forensic interviews

Daniel is a Chartered Psychologist working at the University of Hertfordshire as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology. He leads the Research Methods in Psychology MSc programme and teaches Nonverbal Behaviour and Research Methods on the BSc programme.

Daniel's research expertise lies in nonverbal communication, eyewitness memory, and personality. His research focuses primarily on nonverbal communication during forensic interviews; investigating the role gestures play in misleading eyewitnesses and how the covert process of nonverbal suggestion compares to the well-established verbal misinformation effect. More recently, Daniel has studied how gestures can be used as form of deception detection during an interview and is building a portfolio of research in this area.

In 2011, Daniel was awarded the poster prize by the British Psychological Society for his research and has been nominated for the 'Tutor of the Year' award at the University of Hertfordshire twice. He often appears as a guest speaker at other universities across the UK.



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Gurney, D. J., Vardon-Hynard, E., & Ellis, L. R. (2016). The saliency of gestural misinformation in the perception of a violent crime. Psychology, Crime and Law.
DOI: 10.1080/1068316X.2016.1174860

Kirk, E., Gurney, D. J., Edwards, R., & Dodimead, C. (2015). Handmade memories: The robustness of the gestural misinformaiton effect in children's eyewitness interviews. Journal of Nonverbal Behaviour, 39(3), 259-73. DOI:10.1007/s10919-015-0210-z

Gurney, D. J. (2014). What's left unsaid: How nonverbal influence compares with verbal influence. Psychiatry, Psychology & Law.
DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2014.985624

Gurney, D. J., Pine, K. J., & Wiseman, R. (2013). The gestural misinformation effect: Skewing eyewitness testimony through gesture. American Journal of Psychology, 126(3), 301-314.
DOI: 10.5406/amerjpsyc.126.3.0301

Gurney, D. J., McKeown, S., Churchyard, J., & Howlett, N. (2013). Believe it or not: Exploring dogmatism and different belief structures across non-religious groups. Personality and Individual Differences, 55, 936-940.
DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2013.07.471

Gurney, D. J., Vekaria, K., & Howlett, N. (2013). A nod in the wrong direction: Does nonverbal feedback affect eyewitness confidence? Psychiatry, Psychology & Law. DOI:10.1080/13218719.2013.804388

Pine, K.J., Gurney, D. J., & Fletcher, B. C. (2010). The semantic specificity hypothesis: When gestures do not depend upon the presence of a listener. Journal of Nonverbal Behaviour, 34(3), 169-178.
DOI: 10.1007/s10919-010-0089-7


Gurney, D. J. (2014). Creative with the truth: Individual differences in nonverbal indicators of deception. In 6th Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies, July 8-11 2014 (p.6). University of California, San Diego, CA. International Society for Gesture Studies.

Gurney, D. J. (2013). The effects of nonverbal influence on eyewitness confidence. In Annual Conference, 9-11 April 2013 (p.35). Harrogate International Centre, Harrogate, UK. British Psychological Society.

Gurney, D. J. (2012). Gestural misinformation: Influencing others through gesture. In Annual Conference, 18-20 April 2012 (p.65). Grand Connaught Rooms, London, UK: British Psychological Society

Gurney, D.J., & Pine, K.J. (2009). Can misleading hand gestures influence? In Cognitive Psychology Section 26th Annual Conference, 1-2 September 2009 (p.44) University of Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, UK: British Psychological Society.


Gurney, D. J., Haines, G., Ellis, L., & Bhanderi, B. (2012). What causes us to gesture? Examining different functions of gesture in conversation.Poster session to be presented at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference, London, UK.

Gurney, D.J., & Pine, K. J. (2011). Can misleading hand gestures influence eyewitness testimony? Poster session presented at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Glasgow, UK.
Winner of the BPS Prize.


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