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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Psychology


Leanne ten Brinke

Dr. ten Brinke is interested in taking a new graduate student for Fall 2020. She will review applications from students applying to either Affective/Social/Cognitive, Clinical, or Developmental Psychology programs.

Current Research and Projects

See our lab webpage for up-to-date information on current research projects.

Professional Biography

Our research examines whether humans can accurately discriminate friend from foe, how this process unfolds, and the conditions under which individuals are persuaded to place their trust in others. We study (a) the behavioral cues that reveal high-stakes emotional deception, (b) examine observers' cognitive, emotional, and physiological responses to observing untrustworthy individuals or messages, and (c) explore conditions under which our ability to discriminate friend from foe can be enhanced.


  • PhD, University of British Columbia
  • BS, Dalhousie University

Selected Publications

  • Rogers, T., ten Brinke, L., & Carney, D. R. (2016). Unacquainted callers can predict which citizens will vote over and above citizens' stated self-predictions. Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, 113, 6449-6453.
  • ten Brinke, L., Vohs, K., & Carney, D. (2016). Ordinary people can detect deception after all. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 20, 579-588.
  • ten Brinke, L.,Liu, C. C., Keltner, D., & Srivastava, S. (2015). Virtues, vices, and political influence in the U.S. Senate. Psychological Science, 27, 85-93.
  • ten Brinke, L., Khambatta, P., & Carney. D. R. (2015). Physically scarce (vs. enriched) environments decrease the ability to successfully tell lies. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 144, 982-992.
  • ten Brinke, L., Stimson, D., & Carney, D. R. (2014). Some evidence for unconscious lie detection. Psychological Science, 25, 1098-1105.
  • ten Brinke, L., Porter, S., & Baker, A. (2012). Darwin the detective: Observable facial muscles reveal emotional high-stakes lies. Evolution and Human Behavior, 33, 411-416.

For a complete list of our publications, visit our lab webpage.