Tyler Burleigh Research Scientist PhD scientist w/ full-stack chops


I'm a PhD graduate from Applied Cognitive Science program, with core strengths in research design, statistics, UX design, and software development. I like to work for mission-driven companies and I’m passionate about science, technology, and social justice.

I currently work at Data Cubed, LLC (datacubed.com) where I oversee the development, documentation, innovation, and validation of smartphone-based scientific instruments used in mobile health research and clinical trials.

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Uncanny Valley

  1. Burleigh, T. J. (2015). A challenge to the study of individual differences in uncanny valley sensitivity: The importance of looking at individual-level response patterns. Interaction Studies, 16(2).
  2. Ferrey, A., Burleigh, T. J., & Fenske, M. (2015). Stimulus-category competition, inhibition and affective devaluation: A novel account of the Uncanny Valley. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:249. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00249.
  3. Burleigh, T. J. & Schoenherr, J. R. (2015) A reappraisal of the uncanny valley: Categorical perception or frequency-based sensitization? Frontiers in Psychology, 5:1488. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01488.
  4. Schoenherr, J. R. & Burleigh, T. J. (2015) Uncanny sociocultural categories. Frontiers in Psychology, 5:1456. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01456.
  5. 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. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2012.11.021.

Social Cognition

  1. Burleigh, T. J., Rubel, A. N. & Meegan, D. V. (2017). Wanting 'the whole loaf': Zero-sum thinking about love is associated with prejudice against consensual nonmonogamists. Psychology & Sexuality. doi: 10.1080/19419899.2016.1269020.
  2. Burleigh, T. J. & Meegan, D. V. (2017). Risky prospects and risk aversion tendencies: Competition in the classroom depends on grading practices and knowledge of peer-status. Social Psychology of Education, 1-13. doi: 10.1007/s11218-017-9414-x.
  3. Burleigh, T. J., & Meegan, D. V. (2013). Keeping up with the Joneses affects perceptions of distributive justice. Social Justice Research, 26(2), 120-131. doi: 10.1007/s11211-013-0181-3.


  1. Rubel, A. N. & Burleigh, T. J. (in press). Counting polyamorists who count: Prevalence and definitions of an under-researched form of consensual nonmonogamy. Sexualities.
  2. Wood, J., Desmarais, S., Burleigh, T., & Milhausen, R. R. (2018). Reasons for sex and relational outcomes in consensually nonmonogamous and monogamous relationships: A self-determination theory approach. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 35(4), 632-654. doi: 10.1177/0265407517743082.


  1. Sparks, A., Burleigh, T., & Barclay, P. (2015). We can see inside: Accurate prediction of Prisoner's Dilemma decisions in announced games following a face-to-face interaction. Evolution and Human Behavior. doi: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2015.11.003.

Current Positions

Jan. 2018 -
Research Scientist
Data Cubed, LLC
Sept. 2018 -
Adjunct Associate Professor
Columbia University

Past Positions

March 2017 - Dec. 2018
Assistant Research Scientist
New York University
Sept. 2011 - Feb. 2017
Graduate Teaching Assistant
University of Guelph
Sept. 2010 - Sept. 2011
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Carleton University


2011 - 2017
PhD, Applied Cognitive Science
University of Guelph
2009 - 2011
MA, Cognitive Psychology
Carleton University
2005 - 2009
BAH, Psychology
Bishop's Unviersity


July 2014 -
Software Developer
eMERGE Guelph
March 2017 -
Research Consultant
Prof. Serge Desmarais
April 2017 - July 2018
Software Developer
Greenbrain, Inc.
Jan 2014 - Sept 2017
Technical Consultant
Prof. Carolyn Hafer
Oct. 2016
Technical Consultant
Prof. Pat Barclay