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Tyler Burleigh, PhD
Social Cognitive Scientist

About

I'm a PhD candidate in psychology at the University of Guelph. I'll be graduating in February 2017, and I'm seeking a postdoctoral position to develop my research expertise as I pursue a longer-term goal of tenure-track employment in academia.

As a researcher, I'm interested in the social-cognitive processes that contribute to prejudices against marginalized individuals. In particular, I focus on individuals who practice or identify with non-traditional romantic relationships like polyamory, and individuals who express or identify with non-traditional genders. My other areas of research include the Uncanny Valley phenomenon and social-cognitive processes that govern cooperative or prosocial behaviour.

I'm open to being contacted about research collaborations and media inquiries regarding my areas of expertise.

Publications

Polyamory

Burleigh, T. J., Rubel, A. N. & Meegan, D. V. (in press). Wanting 'the whole loaf': Zero-sum thinking about love is associated with prejudice against consensual nonmonogamists. Psychology & Sexuality. doi: 10.1080/19419899.2016.1269020.  [pdf]
Burleigh, T. J. & Rubel, A. N. (under review). Polyamory by the numbers: Prevalence and predictors of an under-researched form of consensual nonmonogamy. Sexualities.
Cooperation

Burleigh, T. J. & Meegan, D. V. (under review). Risky prospects and risk aversion tendencies: Competition in the classroom depends on grading practices and knowledge of peer-status. Social Psychology of Education.
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.  [pdf] [data & analyses]
Uncanny Valley

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).  [pdf]
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.  [pdf]
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.  [pdf]
Burleigh, T. J. & Schoenherr, J. R. (2015) Uncanny sociocultural categories. Frontiers in Psychology, 5:1456. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01456.  [pdf]
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.  [pdf]

Curriculum vitae

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Last updated: September 30, 2016.