dhr. B.A.R. (Bennett) Kleinberg MSc

  • Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
    Programmagroep: Clinical Psychology
  • Bezoekadres
    REC G
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 129  Amsterdam
    Kamernummer: 1.42
  • Postadres:
    Postbus  15933
    1001 NK  Amsterdam
  • B.A.R.Kleinberg@uva.nl

For details on current products, see my personal website.

Airport Security 2.0: Cognition-based detection of malicious intent

How can we identify those who may potentially do something harmful? This questions is more relevant than ever but has largely been ignored by the research community. Recent developments in verbal deception detection are promising but are not applicable on a large scale. I am working on the development of a non-intrusive, real-time system that can be used as a tool for prospective airport passenger screening. One aim is to develop a chatbot-based information elicitation system that uses machine learning to inform us about the veracity of information given by prospective passengers.

Computational methods for social science and crime science

The availability of data (crime data, texts, videos) in the open domain is greater than ever before. Computational methods allow us to grasp concepts that have previously been excluded from academic research. I am particularly interested in using machine learning for the classification of deceptive vs. truthful texts, in the development of methodological tools for more transparent research and data sharing, and in the data-driven analysis of crime (e.g. geographical modeling of burglaries and violent crimes).

Reaction time-based memory detection

How can we detect whether someone possesses critical information or not? Reaction time tasks like the Concealed Information Tes or the Implicit Association Test are promising tools to detect someone's memory trace. I am interested in how these tools can be improved technically (i.e. mobile use, an accurate web-browser timing of reaction times) and how we can use statistical modeling to reverse-engineer the tests towards real memory detection.

Brief CV


  • 2015 - present: Doctoral Researcher, University of Amsterdam
  • 2014 - 2015 Master of Science (MSc) in Crime Science; University College London. Graduated with highest honours (Dutch: cum laude; GB: Distinction)
  • 2012 - present: Research Assistant at Bruno Verschuere’s LieLab, University of Amsterdam
  • 2010 - 2014: Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Psychology; Specialisation in Psychological Methods; University of Amsterdam. Graduated with highest honours (Dutch: cum laude; GB: First class).

I am teaching the following modules:


  • Lie and Deception Detection (Research Master elective)
  • Supervision of Master’s dissertations
  • Supervision of Bachelor's theses (mainly from Clinical Psychology at UvA)
  • Supervision of research internships (throughout the year)


Dissertation, thesis, internship?

If you are interested in my research in the form of a thesis, dissertation or an internship, please write me an email.

--> There are several interesting internship possibilities for 2016/2017 (ranging from experimental lab research to machine learning implementation). Get in touch if you're interested.


  • Kleinberg, B., Nahari, G., & Verschuere, B. (2016). Using the verifiability of details as a test of deception: A conceptual framework for the automation of the verifiability approach. In Proceedings of NAACL-HLT. (pp. 18-25) [details]
  • Kleinberg, B., & Verschuere, B. (2016). The role of motivation to avoid detection in reaction time-based concealed information detection. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 5(1), 43-51. DOI: 10.1016/j.jarmac.2015.11.004 [details]
  • Verschuere, B., & Kleinberg, B. (2016). Assessing autobiographical memory: the web-based autobiographical Implicit Association Test. Memory, 25(4), 520-530. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09658211.2016.1189941 [details]
  • Verschuere, B., & Kleinberg, B. (2016). ID-check: Online concealed information test reveals true identity. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 61(S1), S237-S240. DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.12960 [details]
  • Leach, A-M., Ammar, N., England, D. N., Remigio, L. M., Kleinberg, B., & Verschuere, B. J. (2016). Less is more? Detecting lies in veiled witnesses. Law and Human Behavior, 40(4), 401. [details]


  • Kleinberg, B., & Verschuere, B. (2015). Memory detection 2.0: The first web-based memory detection test. PLoS One, 10(4), [e0118715]. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0118715 [details] [PDF]
  • Verschuere, B., Kleinberg, B., & Theocharidou, K. (2015). RT-based memory detection: Item saliency effects in the single-probe and the multiple-probe protocol. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 4(1), 59-65. DOI: 10.1016/j.jarmac.2015.01.001 [details]
  • Aarts, A. A., et al., . U., Borsboom, D., Columbus, S., den Bezemer, B., Deserno, M. K., ... Wagenmakers, E-J. (2015). Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science. Science, 349(6251), 943. [aac4716]. DOI: 10.1126/science.aac4716 [details]
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