Daniel Burley

Research Associate

Research group:
Cognitive Science, Developmental & Health Psychology
029 208 74007
Centre for Human Developmental Science, Park Place

Research summary

My research interest lies in understanding the emotional processing of antisocial individuals. I am particularly interested in understanding how individuals with a personality disorder process emotions and how this relates to their offending behaviour.

My PhD is focused on examining psychopathic individual’s autonomic responses to emotion across a range of stimuli (affective scenes, sound-clips and facial expressions). The pupil increases in diameter in response to emotional content, reflecting elevated physiological arousal, and I am utilising this technique to explore emotional processing within a psychopathic clinical population. Furthermore, I also am interested in the moderating role that attention can play in the emergence of psychopathic emotional processing deficits.

We have received funding from the Wellcome Trust/NISCHR for this research as well as the School of Psychology at Cardiff University.

Teaching summary

2013 - present:
First year undergraduate PG tutor; teaching tutorials on scientific report writing and statistics, as well as marking assessed practical reports.

Selected publications (2014 onwards)


Full list of publications


Research topics and related papers

Research topics include: Antisocial Behaviour, Emotional Processing, Personality Disorder, Psychopathy, Pupillometry.

Snowden, R. J., O'Farrell, K. R., Burley, D., Erichsen, J. T., Newton, N. V., & Gray, N. S. (2016). The pupil's response to affective pictures: Role of image duration, habituation, and viewing mode. Psychophysiology, Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/psyp.12668

Research group

Cognitive Science, Developmental & Helath Psychology

Research collaborators

Professor Bob Snowden

Professor Stephanie van Goozen.

Undergraduate education

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


2012-Present: 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.