Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Gina Villar

Dr Gina Villar

BA (Psych) (MQ), BSocSci (Psych)(Hons)(CSU), PhD (USyd)

Profile 

Gina completed a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Psychology) (1st Class Hons) via off-campus study at CSU in 2008. That year she was awarded the Australian Psychological Society Prize for the graduate with the most distinguished record in an Honours year in Psychology from CSU.

Gina's PhD - titled 'Linguistic markers of lies and false confessions: The role of beliefs, modality and remorse' – was undertaken through a UPA Scholarship at the University of Sydney, and awarded in 2013. Her research interests lie in the psychology of deception and false confessions, particularly in the utility of psycholinguistic analysis in the identification of lies, false confessions, and fabricated expressions of remorse.

Gina has previously undertaken casual teaching at both the University of Sydney and CSU, including supervision of Honours and Masters students.

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Teaching

Gina has previously taught these subjects at CSU:-

PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics for Psychology (off-campus)

PSY203 Social Psychology (off-campus)

PSY211 Psychology of Crime

PSY218 Psychology of Substance Abuse

PSY313/JST443 Psychology and the Legal System

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Research Interests

Gina's broad research interests lie in the psychology of language behaviour in forensic contexts. Specific interests include 1) the identification of lies, false confessions, and fabricated expressions of remorse, and 2) linguistic and cultural differences in language behaviour during lying.

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Publications

Moberley, B., & Villar, G. (in press). One more time without feeling: Detecting fabricated remorse using linguistic analysis. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. Advance online publication doi: 10.1080/13218719.2015.1032955

Villar, G., Arciuli, J., & Paterson, H. (2014). Remorse in oral and handwritten false confessions. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 19(2), 255-269. doi: 10.1111/lcrp.12012

Villar, G., Arciuli, J., & Paterson, H. (2013). Vocal pitch production during lying: Beliefs about deception matter. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 20(1), 123-132. doi: 10.1080/13218719.2011.633320

Villar, G., Arciuli, J., & Paterson, H. (2013). Linguistic indicators of a false confession. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 20(4), 504-518. doi: 10.1080/13218719.2012.712834

Arciuli, J., Villar, G., Colmar, S., Evans, D., Einfeld, S., & Parmenter, T. (2013). Home-based reading between mothers and their children with autism spectrum disorders. Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties. Advance online publication.

Spence, K., Arciuli, J., Villar, G. (2012). The role of pitch and speech rate as markers of deception in Italian speech. In M. Tabain, J. Fletcher, D., Grayden, J. Hajek, & A. Butcher (Eds.),Proceedings of the 14th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology, Sydney, pp-pp.

Spence, K., Villar, G., & Arciuli, J. (2012). Markers of deception in Italian speech. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 453. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00453

Villar, G., Arciuli, J., & Mallard, D. (2012). Use of 'um' in the deceptive speech of a convicted murderer. Applied Psycholinguistics, 33(1), 83-95.

Villar, G., Arciuli, J., & Paterson, H. (2012). Linguistic indicators of a false confession. Psychiatry, Psychology, and Law.  Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13218719.2012.712834

Arciuli, J., Mallard, D., & Villar, G. (2010). "Um, I can tell you're lying": Linguistic markers of deception vs. truth-telling in speech. Applied Psycholinguistics, 31(3), 397-411.

Villar, G., Arciuli, J., & Barsaglini, A. (2010). Can reduced use of pronouns during deceptive versus truthful speech be observed in a language other than English? In M. Tabain, J. Fletcher, D., Grayden, J. Hajek, & A. Butcher (Eds.),Proceedings of the 13th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology, Melbourne, 70-73.

Arciuli, J., Villar, G., & Mallard, D. (2009). Lies, lies and more lies. Paper presented at the The 31st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Amsterdam.

Villar, G., (2009, September). "I had nothing to do with her disappearance": Linguistic cues to deception in the public and personal speech of a convicted murderer. Poster session presented at the 44th Annual Australian Psychological Society Conference, Darwin.

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Research Grants

Dr Gina Villar & Dr Paola Castillo (2014). 'Would I lie to you? Markers of lying in the speech and nonverbal behaviour of actors', CSU Faculty Research Compact Grant, A$5,000.

Dr Paola Castillo & Dr Gina Villar (2013). 'Behavioural and linguistic clues to deception: The effect of second language use', CSU Faculty Research Compact Grant, A$12,210.

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