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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 and Behaviour in Adolescence (PY3017)
  • Neuroscience in the Real World (PY2509)


  • 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 (Postdoctoral Reseacher)

Funding Applications and Awards

  • 2018-2020: GA18-212791S (€203.5k; Co-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; Co-Investigator) - Individual differences in self-other distinction.

Contact Details

Phone: +44 (0) 121 204 4304

Email: d.j.shaw@aston.ac.uk
Room: SW610B

Education/Academic qualification

PG Cert, Lancaster University

Award Date: 20 Jul 2017

PhD, University of Nottingham

Award Date: 11 Jul 2012

MSc, University of Nottingham

Award Date: 13 Dec 2007

University of Nottingham

Award Date: 19 Dec 2006

External positions

Postdoctoral researcher

1 Jan 2012 → …


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