Tyler Burleigh, PhD
Social Cognitive Scientist


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.



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.

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]

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Last updated: September 30, 2016.