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 George Raywood-Burke

George Raywood-Burke

Research student, School of Psychology

2.05, 64 Park Place, Tower Building, 70 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT


As an Endeavr Wales funded Human Factors Cyber Psychology PhD Student supervised by Professor Phil Morgan, I work as part of the Human Factors Excellence Research Group (HuFEx) at Cardiff University and with the Airbus Accelerator in Human-Centric Cyber Security - now currently in my thesis write-up stage. I have also worked as a Post-Graduate Tutor (PGT) mentoring 1st year Psychology Undergradute students to facilitate development with research skills and practical report writing, and have worked as a Final Year Module Assistant for the Decision Making module (PS3312) to deliver seminars encouraging critical discussion around key scientific articles and how findings can be applied to real life scenarios. I now work as a Human Factors Scientist at Trimetis - a Bristol based research and consultancy business generating and applying human factors research for applied sectors such as cybersecurity, defence, and security.

Using a multitude of experimental methods using various self-report and behaviour measures, I have developed a series of experiments collecting data to advance our understanding of dishonest and heuristic-based behaviour, and evaluated how the risks and strengths of human decision making may be significant within workplace environments whereby cyber-security is highly important. This includes investigating the significance of cognitive load factors such as time pressure and task difficulty, and their relationship with cybersecure behaviours. From this, interventions targeting specific maladaptive behaviours can be designed – thus attempting to bridge the gap between research and practice.

Undergraduate education

  • 2015-2019: BSc (Hons) Psychology with Professional Placement, Cardiff University.

Postgraduate Education

  • October 2019-Present: PhD in Psychology, ‘Time, Cognitive Load, and Cybersecure Behaviour: Understanding Contextual Relations and Interventions’ – School of Psychology, Cardiff University; Airbus Accelerator in Human-Centric Cyber-Security

Professional membership

  • Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) - Postgraduate Member


Research interests

My main research interests are primarily related to Decision Making, Human Factors, and Cyber Psychology. For my PhD, I will be investigating factors that influence the risk of cyber-attack from a human-focused perspective such as cognitive effort, hard time constraints, and awareness of time stress in connection with potential individual vulnerabilities.

Teaching Experience

  • September 2020 - July 2022: 1st Year Psychology Post-Graduate Tutor (PGT), School of Psychology, Cardiff University

  • September 2021 - December 2021: Final Year Module Assistant (Decision Making), School of Psychology, Cardiff University

Research Experience

Current and future PhD-related research will collaborate between the Human-Centered Cyber Security group based at Airbus and Cardiff University.

  • January 2023 - Present: Human Factors Scientist, Trimetis

  • August 2021 - September 2021: Research Assistant, School of Psychology, Cardiff University

  • October 2018 - May 2019: Undergraduate Final Year Project - The effects of difficulty and reporting routine on subjective evaluation of task performance.

  • October 2017 – June 2018: Research Assistant, Section of Forensic Psychiatry, Cardiff University

    Undergraduate final year project

    The effects of difficulty and reporting routine on subjective evaluation of task performance

    Previous research suggested when prior self-control resource depletion is present together with the opportunity to cheat, human participants exhibited dishonest behaviour in the form of over-reporting performance. However, it is unclear whether such behaviour persists when the source of resource depletion is the task itself. Using a between-subject design, I examined the effect of task difficulty and report routine on participants’ behavioural performance in a metrics task, as well as their subjective evaluations. I am currently continuing data collection for this project as a postgraduate, and exploring further related experiments in relation to my PhD.

    Forensic research placement

    Created and developed a systematic review examining literature identifying and evaluating clear relationships between modifiable aspects of child-parent contact whereby the parent is separated by means of incarceration without the need of specialist skills and children’s outcomes. Completed GCP training and attended advanced searching workshops. Presented research project at OHRN-C meetings, a Crime in Mind Seminar at East London NHS HQ, and the IAFMHS conference 2018 in Antwerp.

    Modifiable aspects of child-parent contacts after a parent is imprisoned: A systematic review

    Background: Large numbers of children across the world have at least one parent in prison for at least part of their childhood. Various harms have been attributed to that, although many factors are thought to confound these relationships. Many are hard to influence, but child contact arrangements should be an easy target for optimisation.

    Aims: To generate a list of child-parent prison contact conditions which would require no specialist delivery skills to modify and find out which have clear relationships with child outcomes.



    Raywood-Burke G., Bishop L.M., Asquith P.M., Morgan P.L. (2021) Human Individual Difference Predictors in Cyber-Security: Exploring an Alternative Scale Method and Data Resolution to Modelling Cyber Secure Behavior. In: Moallem A. (eds) HCI for Cybersecurity, Privacy and Trust. HCII 2021. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 12788. Springer, Cham.


    Morgan P.L., Asquith P.M., Bishop L.M., Raywood-Burke G., Wedgbury A., Jones K. (2020). A New Hope: Human-Centric Cybersecurity Research Embedded Within Organizations. In: Moallem A. (eds) HCI for Cybersecurity, Privacy and Trust. HCII 2020. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 12210. Springer, Cham

    Bishop L.M., Morgan P.L., Asquith P.M., Raywood-Burke G., Wedgbury A., Jones K. (2020). Examining Human Individual Differences in Cyber Security and Possible Implications for Human-Machine Interface Design. In: Moallem A. (eds) HCI for Cybersecurity, Privacy and Trust. HCII 2020. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 12210. Springer, Cham


    Kalebic, N., Argent, S., Austin, H., Bramley, L., O'Connor, G., Hoskins, C., Willis, A., Withecomb, J., Forrester, A., Morgan, P., & Taylor, P. J. (2022). The all-Wales Forensic Adolescent Consultation and Treatment Service (FACTS): A 5-Year Referral Cohort Study. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, 2022;1-16.

    Taylor, P. J., & Kalebic, N. (2018). Psychosis and Homicide. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 31(3), 223-230.


    Close up of Phil Morgan's face

    Professor Phil Morgan

    Professor, IROHMS Director of Research