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Military Psychology Conference 2018

Thursday 8th November 2018 at The Ark Conference Centre, Basingstoke

Would I misinform you? The psychological impact of misinformation

Ascertaining what is real and what is false has always been a priority in defence and security. Carl von Clausewitz’s On War was published in 1832 following the Napoleaonic wars and identified a key problem in the ‘uncertainty of all information’. Similarly, in recent years the civilian world has seen a rise in allegations of ‘fake news’, and the rapid rise of social media has made it increasingly difficult to tell the difference between what is real and what is false, warping perceptions of what is normal and our understanding of the world.

  • How can we spot social media that is presenting information in a mis-leading way?
  • What are the defence and security challenges in today's information age?
  • How can psychological research and practice support the well-being of those facing misinformation?
  • What is effect of misinformation on decision making?
  • How do we understand risk when we cannot be certain of the information received?

This conference aims to bring together researchers and practitioners to foster an understanding of the psychological impact of misinformation and identify areas of good psychological practice for future research. Through presentations, poster sessions and workshops we will discuss the psychological impact of misinformation in the following three areas:

  1. Risk taking
  2. Decision-making
  3. Wellbeing

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce 2 of our Keynote Speakers.

Professor Karen Douglas
Presentation title and abstract to follow shortly.

Professor Rebecca Milne
Don't break the chain - from effective communication to successful decision-making
Please click here to download Professor Rebecca Milne's presentation abstract.

Who is the conference intended for?

Researchers, psychological practitioners, military, clinicians, defence and security professionals, emergency services personnel, and anyone with an interest in risk-taking, decision-making and wellbeing psychology.

Members, non members, students, and related professions in military and emergency services are all welcome.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • Improved understanding of the current research evidence in the area of decision making, risk taking and well being in the area of misinformation
  • Improved understanding of practitioner tools and techniques to address misinformation in organisational and clincal settings
  • Enhanced networks for researchers and practitioners

Poster Prize sponsored by Security Lancaster, Lancaster University

We are delighted to confirm that Security Lancaster, Lancaster University are sponsoring our Poster Presentation.

The first place prize winner will receive £150, the runner up will receive £100. Posters will be judged by an independent panel.

If you would like to be in with a chance of winning one of these prizes, please submit your abstract using the information below.

Call for Papers

Submissions are now invited for the Military Psychology Conference 2018. If you are interested in submitting a workshop, oral presentation or poster, please make your submission via the online submission system.

2nd Call for Deadline for Submissions

Oral presentation and Workshop submissions will be accepted until 23:59 Sunday 2nd September 2018

Poster presentations will be accepted until 23:59 Sunday 2nd September 2018

Click here to download the submission policy

Thank you to those who submitted for the first call for submissions, decisions will be sent out shortly.

Delegate fees can be found on the booking form. Please note, early bird rates are available until 10:00 Monday 24th September 2018. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224507.


This event is made possible through the generous support of the following organisations:



Thursday 8th November 2018

Please note, all timings, content and speakers are subject to change.

08:00Networking Breakfast
08:30Conference Registration
17:30Closing Remarks

Speakers and Facilitators


Professor Karen Douglas

Keynote Speaker
Karen Douglas obtained her PhD from the Australian National University. She was a lecturer at Keele University before moving to the University of Kent, where she is now a Professor of Social Psychology. Karen studies the psychological processes that explain belief in conspiracy theories, and some of the social, health and environmental consequences of conspiracy theories.


Professor Rebecca Milne

BSc (Hons). PhD CPsychol CSci AFBPsS

Becky Milne is a Professor of Forensic Psychology at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth. The main focus of her work over the past twenty years concerns the examination of police interviewing and investigation. Jointly with practitioners, she has helped to develop procedures that improve the quality of interviews of witnesses, victims, intelligence sources, and suspects of crime across many countries. As a result, she works closely with the police (and other criminal justice organisations), creating novel interview techniques, developing training, running interview courses, and providing case advice. She is also the Director of the Centre of Forensic Interviewing, which is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for investigative interviewing that brings together research, teaching, and innovation activities. Becky is a member of the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC, UK), Investigative Interviewing Strategic Steering Group and was part of a writing team who developed the 2007 version of the Achieving Best Evidence document, National guidelines for interviewing vulnerable groups. She is an Affiliate of CREST. She was given the Tom Williamson award for her outstanding achievements in the field of investigative interviewing by NPCC in April 2009.


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Dinwoodie Drive, Basingstoke RG24 9NN •  Website•  Directions

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