Evolutionary Cognition Lab

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People in the Lab

Associate Professor Darren Burke 

Lab Head and Associate Professor in the School of Psychology, Ourimbah campus of the University of Newcastle.

I did my BSc (hons) and PhD at the University of Sydney under the supervision of Professor Peter Wenderoth. 

I have previously held academic positions at the University of Wollongong and Macquarie University.

Lab PhD students

Johanne Knowles

PhD examining the effect of early-life influenced life history strategy on short- and long-term decision making.

Co-supervised  by Bill Budd at UoN

Peter Marshall

PhD examining determinants of facial sexual dimorphism in humans, incorporating the effects of head tilt,  height, dominance and attractiveness using virtual reality technology

Co-supervised  by Bill Budd at UoN

Jacob Dye
PhD examining Psychopathy as a frequency-dependent social "strategy", and Psychopaths' abilities to detect potential exploitation victims

Co-supervised  by Bill Budd at UoN

Carly Tredway

PhD examining the role of gonadal hormones, interacting with other factors, in the development of adolescent depression, especially amongst girls.

Ashlea Tullipan

PhD examining shape, surface and size perception within and between the visual and haptic modalities. This involves using a cool 3D printer!

Co-supervised  by Bill Budd at UoN

Ryan Capiron

PhD examining the role of hormones and early life experience on the development of face shape, facial preferences, and face difference sensitivities.

Co-supervised  by Bill Budd at UoN

Lab Alumni

Dr Paul Strutt 

Did a PhD examining the relationships between social anxiety, social competence and face-processing abilities/strategies.

Co supervised by Linda Campbell at UoN

Now at Macquarie University

Dr Danielle Wagstaff

Did a PhD examining the effect of natural variations in gonadal hormone levels on intersexual interactions and mate choice decisions/preferences. 

Now at Federation University