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Contact Details

  • Phone: +44 (0) 121 204 4304
  • Email: d.j.shaw@aston.ac.uk

Research Interests

As a social cognitive neuroscientist, I use various neuroimaging techniques to investigate the brain systems that support social cognition (e.g., perspective taking, empathy). 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 brain systems associated with social cognitive process while they unfold during real interpersonal behaviour.


  • 2017-present   Lecturer (permanent); Department of Psychology, Aston University.
  • 2016-2017       Lecturer (fixed term); Department of Psychology, Lancaster University.
  • 2014-2015       Postdoctoral Researcher; Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway University of London.
  • 2012-present   Postdoctoral Researcher; Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC), Masaryk University.


  • 2016-2017       Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice (Lancaster University)
  • 2007-2011       Ph.D. Cognitive Neuroscience (University of Nottingham)
  • 2006-2007       M.Sc. Psychological Research Methods (University of Nottingham)
  • 2003-2006       B.Sc. Psychology (University of Nottingham)

Funding Applications and Awards

  • 2018-2020       Grant Agency of Czech Republic, €203.5k (Principal Investigator)
  • 2017-2018       Czech BioImaging, 10.8k (Co-investigator).
  • 2016-2018       Grant Agency of Czech Republic, €166.7k (Co-Investigator)
  • 2015-2017       Grant Agency of Czech Republic, €158.3k (Co-Investigator)

PhD Supervision

  • 2019-present   Rachel Green (Aston University; Associate Supervisor)
  • 2018-present   Nicola Ngomba (Aston University; Principal Supervisor)
  • 2016-2020       Foyzul Rahman (Aston University; Principal Supervisor)
  • 2015-2020       Beáta Špiláková (Masaryk University; Principal Supervisor)
  • 2016-2021       Miguel Salazar (Masaryk University; Principal Supervisor)

Professional/editorial offices

  • 2020-present   Review Editor, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

External Connections and Partnerships

  • Central European Institute of Technology (www.ceitec.cz); Masaryk University (Czech Republic).
  • Transport Research Centre (www.cdv.cz); Brno, Czech Republic
  • Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Unit (scan-psy.univie.ac.at); University of Vienna (Austria).
  • Social and Affective Neuroscience Lab (sans.hevra.haifa.ac.il); University of Haifa (Israel)

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Member of Aston University's Institute of Health and Neurodevelopment
  • Ordinary Member of Experiment Psychology Society
  • Member of Society for Psychophysiological Research
  • Member of Organisation for Human Brain Mapping


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