I am a student of the social and applied cognitive sciences.
As a PhD candidate, I study one of the cognitive factors that leads individuals to perceive others as competitors (a type of cognition that I call "zero-sum thinking"); previously, my Master's thesis examined the Uncanny Valley. I am also a student of behaviour change (so-called "nudging"), particularly the techniques of Community-Based Social Marketing.
I am a self-taught software engineer.
I started programming when I was 12. It all started with Final Fantasy VII. I wanted to build the BEST fansite. So I studied and hacked HTML source code, learning how things worked through trial and error. After a lot of error, I built a site ("The Final Fantasy 7 Dungeon"), and even got it indexed by the Yahoo! search directory (this was back when Yahoo! was still cool). The Internet has changed a lot since then, and so have my aspirations, but I still have the same basic curiosity.
I am passionate about environmentalism, social justice, and science.
University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada. My doctoral thesis is ongoing and is tentatively titled: "Your gain is my loss": Fairness and the zero-sum heuristic.
Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. My thesis was titled: Does the uncanny valley exist? An empirical test of the relationship between eeriness and the human likeness of digitally created faces.
Bishop’s University, Quebec, Canada. My honour's thesis was titled: Terror management theory and human affect in response to computer generated voices.
Burleigh, T. J., Schoenherr, J. R., & Lacroix, G. L. (2013). Does the uncanny valley exist? An empirical test of the relationship between eeriness and the human likeness of digitally created faces. Computers in Human Behavior, 29(3), 759-771.
Burleigh, T. J., & Meegan, D. V. (2013). Keeping up with the Joneses affects perceptions of distributive justice. Social Justice Research, 26(2), 120-131.
Burleigh, T. J., & Schoenherr, J. R. (manuscript under review). A reappraisal of the Uncanny Valley: Categorical perception or frequency-based sensitization? Frontiers in Cognitive Science.
Schoenherr, J. R., & Burleigh, T. J. (manuscript under review). Uncanny sociocultural categories. Frontiers in Cognitive Science.
Ferrey, A., Burleigh, T. J., & Fenske, M. (manuscript under review). The Uncanny Valley as stimulus-category competition, inhibition and devaluation: Evidence from human and nonhuman stimuli. Frontiers in Cognitive Science.