Festival of Research Public Lecture - Online Grooming: Communicative Stages and Paedophile Profiles‌

This free-to-attend public lecture forms part of Swansea University’s third annual Festival of Research, which takes place from Wednesday, February 19 until Saturday, February 22.

Title: Online Grooming: Communicative Stages and Paedophile Profiles‌

Speaker: Professor Nuria Lorenzo-Dus and Dr Cristina Izura, Swansea University

Date: Thursday 20 February 2014

Time:11am - 12pm

Venue: Taliesin Arts Centre

Admission: Free of charge, all welcome and no booking necessary.

Online grooming is an activity that affects a significant proportion of children and teenagers, with reported incidences ranging from 19% to 35%. The exact magnitude of the problem is difficult to determine: the nature of the crime and the vulnerability of the victims unfortunately mean that many cases go unreported. A recent review of online grooming concludes that despite it being such a prevalent crime, research into its characteristics is limited. This lecture will help to fill this important gap by bringing together expertise in cognitive psychology and linguistics in order to develop a communicative profile of online sexual predators.

Professor Nuria Lorenzo-Dus works in the Department of English Language and Literature, College of Arts and Humanities (COAH).She has published widely on media discourse and cross-cultural pragmatics. She is the founding Director of the Language Research Centre.

Dr Cristina Izura is an expert psychologist interested in language and cognitive processes’ research. She actively collaborates with experts in linguistics and neuroscience in research projects that range from looking at the communicative profiles of paedophiles to the bilingual incidence in Alzheimer’s disease or the differential neural activity between sexes when reading. She’s currently the deputy Director of the Language Research Centre.

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