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my name is Tyler and this is my resume. :)

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About Me

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 and Community-Based Social Marketing.

I am a self-taught software developer.
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.

Education

  • 2016

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Psychology

    University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada. My dissertation examines zero-sum thinking – loosely defined as the perception that "your gain is my loss" – and applies it to the issues of 1) competition in classrooms, and 2) prejudice towards individuals who practice consensual nonmonogamy.

  • 2011

    Master of Arts (MA), Psychology

    Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. My thesis examined the Uncanny Valley – defined as a nonlinear relationship between human-likeness and affective response – using computer generated stimuli that varied in prototypicality and graphical realism. Category conflict and atypical feature hypotheses were tested.

  • 2009

    B.A.H., Psychology, with Computer Science Minor

    Bishop’s University, Quebec, Canada. My honour's thesis was titled: Terror management theory and human affect in response to computer generated voices.

Work Experiences

Project Neutral
2015-Present
Program Evaluation Consultant
Identified performance metrics, created an experimental research design and analysis framework, and performed data screening and analysis to evaluate the program. Consulted on matters of survey logic and design.
eMERGE Guelph
2014-Present
Software Development Consultant
Developed applications for assessing household environmental and LED lighting retrofits. Worked with staff to integrate Community-Based Social Marketing practices into programs. Organized a Community Engaged Learning project with students at the University of Guelph.
Social Justice Lab at Brock University
2014-Present
Technology Consultant
Assisted in the development of research tools using SurveyGizmo and Qualtrics survey platforms and Amazon's Mechanical Turk crowdworker marketplace.
Cognitive Barriers to Good Behaviour Lab at University of Guelph
2013
Graduate Research Assistant
Assisted with experimental design, software development, and data analysis for a study that investigated moral judgments of people engaged in environmentally consistent and inconsistent behaviour.
Carleton University and University of Guelph
2010-2015
Graduate Teaching Assistant
I was a teaching assistant for the following courses: Cognitive Psychology, Non-Experimental Research Methods, Introductory Psychology, and Design and Analysis in Psychological Research.

Volunteer Experiences

Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) Guelph
2012-2015
Board of Directors & Treasurer
Participated on consensus-based decision-making, facilitated staff, board, and committee meetings, facilitated the development of annual budgets, and contributed to overall organizational capacity.

Academic Awards

University of Guelph
2014
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship
National competition, valued at $20,000/yr for 2 years.
 
2013
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
Provincial competition, valued at $15,000.
 
2012
Board of Graduate Studies Research Scholarship
Award valued at $2,000.
 
2012
CSAHS Dean's Graduate Scholarship
Award valued at $2,000.
Carleton University
2011
Carleton University Graduate Scholarship
Award valued at $4,250.
Bishop's University
2009
P.D. McCormack Fund
Award valued at $2,000.
 
2009
Certificate of Academic Excellence
Awarded by the Canadian Psychological Association in recognition of an outstanding academic achievement.
 
2009
1st Place for Best Poster
Awarded at the annual Bishop's University Research Week.

Academic Publications

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. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00249    
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    
Burleigh, T. J. & Schoenherr, J. R. (2015) Uncanny sociocultural categories. Frontiers in Psychology, 5:1456. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01456    
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    
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    

Other Sites

Mechanical Turk Tutorials

Programming

HTML
CSS
jQuery
PHP/SQL
AngularJS
Beginner
Proficient
Expert
Master

Psychology

Social
Behaviour Change
Cognitive
Affective
Evolutionary
Beginner
Proficient
Expert
Master

Interests

Environmentalism
Social Justice
Science
Cooking
Horticulture
Settlers of Catan
Katamari Damacy
Dune
The Singularity
Uncanny Valley
Cats
Cryptocurrency