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Dr Daniel Burley

Dr Daniel Burley

Research Associate

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Research summary

I am working as a Research  Associate on a Feasibility Study assessing young children within the  Neurodevelopment Assessment Unit (NDAU). The NDAU adopts the RDoC framework to assess each child across a wide range of experimental, psychophysiological and eye-tracking measures examining domains important fo learning and development, including language, cognition, emotional processing, social processing and motor skills. This research data will inform us about the underlying mechanisms inolved in emerging neurodevelopmental difficulties. The NDAU will also use the research data collected to provide a comprehensive developmental profile that is fed back to each child's school.

My main  research interest lies in understanding the development of antisocial behaviour so that we can ultimately develop individualised interventions, and I have  previously used observational, experimental, psychophysiological and neuroendocrinological techniques to explore antisocial behaviour. In addition, I am particularly interested in the development of callous/unemotional traits and psychopathy-like behaviours and the associated affective impairments.

My PhD was focused on  examining psychopathic individual’s autonomic responses to emotion across a  range of stimuli (affective scenes, sound-clips and facial expressions), which  I measured using changes in pupil diameter as an indicator of emotional  arousal.

Teaching summary

2015 – 2016:
Diploma tutor:  Took tutorial on scientific report writing and statistics.

2013 – 2016:
First year undergraduate PG tutor; teaching  tutorials, as well as marking assessed practical reports.


Undergraduate education

(2007-2011)  BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology (First Class Honours), Cardiff University.


2016-current: Research Associate, School of Psychology, Cardiff  University, Cardiff, UK.

2012-2013: Psychology Assistant, School of Psychology, Cardiff  University, Cardiff, UK.

2011-2012: Support  Worker, Marlborough House Inpatient Unit CAMHS, Swindon, UK.

2010: Undergraduate  Research Opportunities Program supervised by Professor Stephanie Van Goozen,  School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK.

2009-2010: Craegmoor,  Placement Student (working as part of the psychology team offering treatment to  adults with a dual diagnosis of learning disability and mental health problems,  many of whom had forensic backgrounds including violent and sexual offences),  Caerphilly, UK.








I teach on the Children's Psychological Disorders (MSc) at Cardiff University running tutorials and delivering workshops focusing on understanding neurodevelopmental difficulties in children.

Research topics and related papers

Research topics  include: Antisocial Behaviour, Emotional Processing, Neurodevelopmental difficulties,  Psychopathy, Pupillometry.

Research group

Cognitive Science, Developmental & Helath Psychology

Research collaborators

Professor Bob Snowden

Professor Stephanie van Goozen


Past projects