Dr Daniel Shaw

Year 2 Tutor
Lecturer, Psychology

School of Life & Health Sciences
Aston University
Birmingham, B4 7ET

Phone: +44 (0) 121 204 4304

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

I joined Aston University’s Psychology department as a lecturer in 2017, having spent the previous year acquiring a teaching qualification on a fixed-term lecturership at Lancaster University.

Since 2012 I have worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Behavioural and Social Neuroscience research group at CEITEC (Masaryk University, Czech Republic), and I also worked briefly as a postdoctoral researcher at Royal Holloway University of London in 2014/15. This research has involved neuroscientific investigations (e.g., MRI, EEG) into various aspects of social cognition.
Prior to these academic positions, I obtained my Ph.D. at University of Nottingham in 2011 under the supervision of Tomáš Paus. My thesis centred around the adolescent development of brain networks involved in action observation.

2016-2017 Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice; Lancaster University

2007-2011 Ph.D. Social Neuroscience; Brain & Body Centre, University of Nottingham

2006-2007 M.Sc. Psychological Research Methods; University of Nottingham

2003-2006 B.Sc. Psychology; University of Nottingham 

2017-present Lecturer; School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University

2016-2017 Lecturer; Department of Psychology, Lancaster University

2014-2015 Postdoctoral Researcher; Laboratory of Action and Behaviour, Royal Holloway University of London

2012-present Postdoctoral Fellow; Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC), Masaryk University

  • PY2242 – Brain and Behaviour
  • PY3017 – Adolescent Brain and Behaviour

As a cognitive neuroscientist I study the brain mechanisms underlying all cognitive domains, but my research focuses primarily on social cognition. Using various neuroscientific techniques to image brain structure and function, and by developing new interactive behavioural paradigms for neuroscientific experiments, I perform multi-level investigations into the brain networks underlying imitative tendancies, perspective taking, empathy, and self-other distinction.

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 networks associated with these socio-cognitive and -emotional brain processes as they unfold during real social exchanges.

2015-2017 Individual differences in self-other distinction: €158.3k; Principle Investigator

2016-2018 Improving driver-rehabilitation programs: A neurobehavioural evaluation of empathy induction: €166.7k; Co-investigator

2017-2018 Understanding social deficits in autism: A dual-fMRI investigation using the iterated Ultimatum Game: €10.8k; Co-investigator

2018-2020 Back and Forth: Investigating the balance between self and other goals in negotiation with fMRI hyperscanning: €207k; Principle Investigator

Czekóová, K., Shaw, D. J., Saxunová, K., Dufek, M., Mareček, R., Vaníček, J. & Brázdil, M. (2019). Impaired Self-Other Distinction and Subcortical Gray-Matter Alterations Characterize Socio-Cognitive Disturbances in Multiple Sclerosis. Frontiers in Neurology,  10(525). doi: 10.3389/fneur.2019.00525.

Brázdil, M., Doležalová, I., Koritáková, E., Chládek, J., Roman, R., Pail, M., Jurák, P., Shaw, D. J. &Chrastina, J. (2019). EEG Reactivity Predicts Individual Efficacy of Vagal Nerve Stimulation in Intractable Epileptics. Frontiers in Neurology, 10(392). doi: 10.3389/fneur.2019.00392