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Breakthrough percepts of online identity: Detecting recognition of email addresses on the fringe of awareness

Harris, Kathryn, Miller, Claire, Jose, Brendan, Beech, Anthony, Bowman, Howard (2021) Breakthrough percepts of online identity: Detecting recognition of email addresses on the fringe of awareness. European Journal of Neuroscience, 53 (3). pp. 895-901. ISSN 0953-816X. E-ISSN 1460-9568. (doi:10.1111/ejn.15098) (KAR id:85599)

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A key issue facing cybercrime investigations is connecting online identities to real-world identities. This paper shows that by combining the Fringe-P3 method with a concealed information test, we can detect a participant's familiarity with their own email address, thus connecting their real-world identity to their online one. Participants were shown Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP) streams of email addresses, some including their own email address (probe) or a target email address. Familiarity with the probe was accurately detected with significant results at the group level and for 7 of 11 participants at the individual level. These promising results demonstrate that the method can be successfully used to detect online identities. Factors that may affect how well an email address probe stands out in the RSVP streams are also discussed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/ejn.15098
Uncontrolled keywords: Concealed information test, cybercrime, deception detection, Fringe-P3, Rapid Serial Visual Presentation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Computing
Signature Themes: Future Human
Funders: University of Kent (
Depositing User: Howard Bowman
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2021 22:02 UTC
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2022 15:17 UTC
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