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Research Interests

As a cognitive neuroscientist I study the brain mechanisms underlying all cognitive domains, but my research focuses primarily on social cognition. Using various brain imaging techniques, I develop experimental paradigms to investigate the brain networks underlying socio-cognitive and -emotional behaviours (e.g., imitative tendancies, empathic expression). Currently I am developing experimental paradigms for "hyperscanning" studies – the simultaneous measurement of brain function from two interacting individuals. This allows me to explore the neural systems associated with social cognition as it unfolds during real social interaction.

Administrative Roles

  • Year 2 Tutor

Teaching Activity

  • Brain & Behaviour in Adolescence (PY3017)
  • Brain & Behaviour (PY2242)


  • 2017-present: Aston University (Lecturer)
  • 2016-2017: Lancaster University (Lecturer [fixed-term])
  • 2014-2015: Royal Holloway University of London (Postdoctoral Researcher)
  • 2012-present: Central European Institute of Technology (Senior Reseacher)

Funding Applications and Awards

  • 2018-2020: GA18-212791S (€203.5k; Principle Investigator) - Back-and-forth: Investigating the balanced between self- and other-goals in negotiation with dual-fMRI.
  • 2017-2018: LM2015062 (€10.8k; Co-Investigator) - Understanding social deficits in autism: A dual-fMRI investigation using the iterated Ultimatum Game.
  • 2016-2018: GA16-18261S (€166.7k; Co-Investigator) - Improving driver rehability programs: A neurobehavioural evaluation of empathy induction.
  • 2015-2017: GA15-16738S (€158.3k; Principle Investigator) - Individual differences in self-other distinction.

Contact Details

Phone: +44 (0) 121 204 4304

Email: d.shaw1@aston.ac.uk
Room: SW410c

Education/Academic qualification

PG Cert, Lancaster University

PhD, University of Nottingham

MSc, University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham

External positions

Postdoctoral researcher

1 Jan 2012 → …

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Research Output 2011 2020

Where’s the wine? Heavy social drinkers show attentional bias towards alcohol in a visual conjunction search task.

Pennington, C. R., Shaw, D. J., Adams, J., Kavanagh, P., Reed, H., Robinson, M., Shave, E. & White, H., 24 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Addiction.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Alcohol Drinking

Dissecting social interaction: Dual-fMRI reveals patterns of interpersonal brain-behavior relationships that dissociate among dimensions of social exchange

Spilakova, B., Shaw, D. J., Czekóová, K. & Brazdil, M., 1 Feb 2019, In : Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. 14, 2, p. 225–235 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Interpersonal Relations
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Parietal Lobe
Motor Cortex

Getting into sync: Data-driven analyses reveal patterns of neural coupling that distinguish among different social exchanges

Spilakova, B., Shaw, D. J., Czekóová, K., Marecek, R. & Brazdil, M., 15 Nov 2019, In : Human Brain Mapping.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Interpersonal Relations
Parietal Lobe
Gyrus Cinguli

Impaired Self-Other Distinction and Subcortical Gray-Matter Alterations Characterize Socio-Cognitive Disturbances in Multiple Sclerosis

Czekóová, K., Shaw, D. J., Saxunova, K., Dufek, M., Marecek, R., Vanicek, J. & Brazdil, M., 21 May 2019, In : Frontiers in Neurology. 10, MAY, 525.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Multiple Sclerosis
Theory of Mind

Social decision making in the brain: Input-state-output modelling reveals patterns of effective connectivity underlying reciprocal choices

Shaw, D. J., Czekóová, K., Gajdos, M., Stanek, R., Spalek, J. & Brazdil, M., 1 Feb 2019, In : Human Brain Mapping. 40, 2, p. 699-712 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Decision Making
Gyrus Cinguli
Interpersonal Relations