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Contact Details

  • Phone: +44 (0) 121 204 4304
  • Email: d.j.shaw@aston.ac.uk

Research Interests

As a social cognitive neuroscientist, I use various neuroimaging techniques to investigate the brain systems that support social cognition (e.g., perspective taking, empathy). Currently, I am developing interactive experimental paradigms that can be used to measure brain function from two individuals simultaneously whilst they engage in social interaction with one another ("hyperscanning"). This allows me to explore the brain systems associated with social cognitive process while they unfold during real interpersonal behaviour.

Employment

  • 2017-present   Lecturer (permanent); School of Psychology, Aston University.
  • 2016-2017       Lecturer (fixed term); Department of Psychology, Lancaster University.
  • 2014-2015       Postdoctoral Researcher; Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway University of London.
  • 2012-present   Senior Researcher; Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC), Masaryk University.

Qualifications

  • 2016-2017       Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice (Lancaster University)
  • 2007-2011       Ph.D. Cognitive Neuroscience (University of Nottingham)
  • 2006-2007       M.Sc. Psychological Research Methods (University of Nottingham)
  • 2003-2006       B.Sc. Psychology (University of Nottingham)

Funding Applications and Awards

  • 2024-2026       BBSRC, New Investigator; £285k (Principal Investigator)
  • 2023-2024       Aston University, Digital Futures Institute; £3K (Co-investigator)
  • 2023-2023       Experimental Psychology Society, Postdoctoral Fellowship; £53K (Co-investigator)
  • 2021-2022       Aston University, Institute for Health and Neurodevelopment; £4.3k (Principal Investigator)
  • 2020-2021       Aston University, Joint Research Group; £2k (Principal Investigator)
  • 2019-2020       Aston University, Joint Research Group; 4.7k (Principal Investigator)
  • 2018-2020       Czech Science Foundation; €203.5k (Principal Investigator)
  • 2017-2018       Czech BioImaging; 10.8k (Co-investigator).
  • 2016-2018       Czech Science Foundation; €166.7k (Co-investigator)
  • 2015-2017       Czech Science Foundation, €158.3k (Co-investigator)

PhD Supervision

  • 2023-present   Evelyn Murray (Aston University; Ass. Supervisor)
  • 2019-2022       Rachel Green (Aston University; Principal Supervisor)
  • 2018-2021       Nicola Ngomba (Aston University; Principal Supervisor)
  • 2016-2020       Foyzul Rahman (Aston University; Ass. Supervisor)
  • 2016-2021       Miguel Salazar (Masaryk University; Principal Supervisor)
  • 2015-2020       Beáta Špiláková (Masaryk University; Principal Supervisor)

Professional/editorial offices

  • 2020-present   Review Editor, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Fellow of Advance HE
  • Associate member of Aston University's Institute of Health and Neurodevelopment
  • Ordinary Member of Experiment Psychology Society
  • Member of Society for Psychophysiological Research
  • Member of Organisation for Human Brain Mapping

Awards

  • 2023       Open Research Award (Aston University)

External Connections and Partnerships

Consulting

  • 2023-present       Cognition (Scientific Advisor)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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