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Dr Darren Burke

Associate Professor

School of Psychology (Psychology)

Career Summary

Biography

I am an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology, based at the Ourimbah campus. I am an Experimental Psychologist, interested in the evolution of Visual, Spatial and Social abilities. Understanding how these various behavioural mechanisms evolved involves integrating data derived from studies in humans and non-humans and from research examining the neural, cognitive and social determinants of the abilities.

Research Expertise
My research has spanned a broad spectrum of experimental psychology, united by a focus on why particular mechanisms work the way they do, and how evolution may have produced them. This has involved comparing psychological mechanisms across species that have faced different evolutionary selection pressures, as well as taking a functional approach to human psychology - asking what particular psychological mechanisms are actually for. I initially applied this perspective to questions in visual perception, the area of my postgraduate training, but have since investigated spatial memory, learning without awareness, observational learning, face and object recognition and social cognition. For more information please see my lab webpage ( http://evolutionarycognition.org/ )

Teaching Expertise
I have taught in a wide range of areas in Experimental Psychology, including Perception, Cognition, Learning, Motivation and Emotion, Biological Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology, Animal Behaviour, and Research Methods, and had a brief stint (in 2009) in a Biology Department, teaching into courses on Human Physiology, Vertebrate Evolution and the Biology of Sex. I currently teach Biological Psychology at 2nd year and Critical Issues at 4th year.

Administrative Expertise
I have served on undergraduate Teaching and Learning committees at Macquarie University and the University of Wollongong, was the Departmental PR coordinator in Biology and Brain Behaviour and Evolution at Macquarie, the Deputy Chair of the Macquarie University Animal Ethics Committee, and Honours Coordinator for the new Honours program in Brain Behaviour and Evolution at Macquarie. In my current position, I have been the Student Academic Conduct Officer, and am on the University Human Research Ethics Committee.

Collaborations
I have a number of collaborators across a range of Australian Universities (including an ARC grant with chief investigators at Macquarie University, Wollongong University and ANU) and in the UK, Hong Kong, Norway, etc.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Sydney

Keywords

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Cognition
  • Communication
  • Evolution
  • Face processing
  • Neuroscience
  • Perception

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
060399Evolutionary Biology not elsewhere classified15
170101Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)60
170299Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified25

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2015 - Associate ProfessorUniversity of Newcastle
School of Psychology
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2005 - 1/08/2009Lecturer Macquarie University
Psychology
Australia
1/07/2002 - 1/12/2004Lecturer Macquarie University
Psychology
Australia
1/07/1995 - 1/07/2002LecturerUniversity of Wollongong
Psychology
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Burke D, Tomiczek C, 'Conditioning', Oxford Companion to Consciousness, Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom 168-172 (2009) [B2]

Journal article (50 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Sulikowski DR, Burke DC, 'Noisy miners plan ahead: cryptic signalling of reward location impairs search for nectar, but not for invertebrates', Animal Behaviour, 102 149-155 (2015)
2014Strutt PA, Campbell LE, Burke D, Elmer S, 'High anxiety levels are associated with divergent empathising and systemising tendencies', Cogent Psychology, 1 1-10 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1080/23311908.2014.981973
Co-authorsLinda E Campbell
2014Elsworthy N, Burke D, Scott BR, Stevens CJ, Dascombe BJ, 'Physical and decision-making demands of Australian football umpires during competitive matches.', Journal of strength and conditioning research / National Strength & Conditioning Association, 28 3502-3507 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1519/jsc.0000000000000567
Co-authorsBen Dascombe
2014Sulikowski D, Burke DC, 'Threat is in the Sex of the Beholder: Men Find Weapons Faster than do Women', Evolutionary Psychology, 12 913-931 (2014) [C1]
2014Elsworthy N, Burke DC, Dascombe BJ, 'Factors relating to the decision-making performance of Australian football officials', International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 14 401-410 (2014)
Co-authorsBen Dascombe
2014Burke DC, 'Why isn't everyone an Evolutionary Psychologist', Frontiers in Psychology, 5 1-8 (2014) [C1]
2014Hughes MA, Sulikowski D, Burke D, 'Correlations between spatial skills: A test of the hunter-gatherer hypothesis', Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 12 19-44 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1556/JEP.12.2014.1.2
2014Haythorpe KM, Burke D, Sulikowski D, 'The native versus alien dichotomy: relative impact of native noisy miners and introduced common mynas', Biological Invasions, 16 1659-1674 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1007/s10530-013-0598-5
2014Elsworthy N, Burke DC, Dascombe BJ, 'Factors relating to the decision-making performance of Australian football officials', International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 14 401-410 (2014) [C1]
Co-authorsBen Dascombe
2013Burke D, Sulikowski D, 'The Evolution of Holistic Processing of Faces', Frontiers in Psychology, 4 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00011
CitationsScopus - 2
2013Bennetts RJ, Kim J, Burke D, Brooks KR, Lucey S, Saragih J, Robbins RA, 'The movement advantage in famous and unfamiliar faces: a comparison of point-light displays and shape-normalised avatar stimuli', Perception, 42 950-970 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1068/p7446
CitationsScopus - 1
2013Burke DC, Nolan C, Hayward WG, Russell R, Sulikowski D, 'Is there an own race preference in attractiveness', Evolutionary Psychology, 11 855-972 (2013) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 1
2012Sulikowski D, Burke DC, 'Win shifting in nectarivorous birds: Selective inhibition of the learned win-stay response', Animal Behaviour, 83 519-524 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2012Haythorpe KM, Sulikowski D, Burke DC, 'Relative levels of food aggression displayed by Common Mynas when foraging with other bird species in suburbia', Emu, 112 129-136 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2011Willis ML, Palermo R, Burke DC, 'Judging approachability on the face of it: The influence of face and body expressions on the perception of approachability', Emotion, 11 514-523 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1037/a0022571
CitationsScopus - 15Web of Science - 14
2011Willis ML, Palermo R, Burke DC, 'Social judgments are influenced by both facial expression and direction of eye gaze', Social Cognition, 29 415-429 (2011) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 6Web of Science - 4
2011Sulikowski DR, Burke DC, 'Movement and memory: Different cognitive strategies are used to search for resources with different natural distributions', Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 65 621-631 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1007/s00265-010-1063-4
CitationsScopus - 8Web of Science - 7
2011Sulikowski D, Burke DC, 'Win-shift and win-stay learning in the rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus)', Journal of Comparative Psychology, 125 143-149 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1037/a0023249
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2010Burke DC, Sulikowski D, 'A new viewpoint on the evolution of sexually dimorphic human faces', Evolutionary Psychology, 8 573-585 (2010) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 11Web of Science - 8
2010Sulikowski D, Burke DC, 'When a place is not a place: Encoding of spatial information is dependent on reward type', Behaviour, 147 1461-1479 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1163/000579510X521564
CitationsScopus - 7Web of Science - 7
2010Willis ML, Palermo R, Burke DC, McGrillen K, Miller L, 'Orbitofrontal cortex lesions result in abnormal social judgements to emotional faces', Neuropsychologia, 48 2182-2187 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2010.04.010
CitationsScopus - 19Web of Science - 18
2010Sulikowski D, Burke DC, 'Reward type influences performance and search structure of an omnivorous bird in an open-field maze', Behavioural Processes, 83 31-35 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.beproc.2009.09.002
CitationsScopus - 9Web of Science - 9
2010Willis ML, Palermo R, Burke DC, Atkinson CM, McArthur G, 'Switching associations between facial identity and emotional expression: A behavioural and ERP study', NeuroImage, 50 329-339 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.neuroimage.2009.11.071
CitationsScopus - 10Web of Science - 9
2009Woo K, Burke D, Peters R, 'Motion sensitivity of the Jacky dragon, Amphibolurus muricatus: random-dot kinematograms reveal the importance of motion noise for signal detection', Animal Behaviour, 77 307-315 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.anbehav.2008.10.011
CitationsScopus - 7Web of Science - 7
2009Campbell J, Burke D, 'Evidence that identity-dependent and identity-independent neural populations are recruited in the perception of five basic emotional facial expressions.', Vision Research, 49 1532-1540 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.visres.2009.03.009
CitationsScopus - 20Web of Science - 20
2008Tomiczek C, Burke D, 'Is implicit learning perceptually inflexible? New evidence using a simple cued reaction-time task.', Learning and Motivation, 39 95-113 (2008) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.lmot.2007.07.001
CitationsScopus - 2
2008Woo K, Burke D, 'Technique for measuring speed and visual motion sensitivity in lizards.', Psicologica: journal of methodology and experimental psychology, 29 135-151 (2008) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 2
2007Favelle S, Burke D, 'Attention to configural information in change detection for faces.', Perception, 36 1353-1367 (2007) [C1]
DOI10.1068/p5517
2007Burke D, Taubert J, Higman T, 'Are face representations viewpoint dependent? A stereo advantage for generalising across different views of faces', Vision Research, 47 2164-2169 (2007) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.visres.2007.04.018
2007Sulikowski D, Burke D, 'Food-specific spatial memory biases in an omnivorous bird', Biology Letters, 3 245-248 (2007) [C1]
DOI10.1098/rsbl.2007.0122
2006Favelle S, Hayward W, Burke D, Palmisano S, 'The configural advantage in object change detection persists across depth rotation.', Attention Perception and Psychophysics, 68 1243-1253 (2006) [C1]
DOI10.3758/BF03193725
2006Wenderoth P, Burke D, 'Testing the tilt constancy theory of visual illusions', Perception, 35 201-213 (2006) [C1]
DOI10.1068/p5388
2006Favelle S, Palmisano S, Burke D, Hayward W, 'The Role of Attention in Processing Configural and Shape Information in 3D Novel Objects', Visual Cognition, 13 623-642 (2006) [C1]
DOI10.1080/13506280544000228
2005Burke D, 'Combining disparate views of objects: Viewpoint costs are reduced by stereopsis', Visual Cognition, 12 705-719 (2005) [C1]
DOI10.1080/13506280444000463
2003Keane S, Hayward W, Burke D, 'Detection of three types of changes to novel objects', Visual Cognition, 10 101-127 (2003) [C1]
DOI10.1080/13506280143000014
2003Burke D, Fulham B, 'An evolved spatial memory bias in a nectar-feeding bird?', Animal Behaviour, 66 695-701 (2003) [C1]
DOI10.1006/anbe.2003.2246
2003Palmisano S, Burke D, Allison R, 'Coherent global perspective jitter improves visual illusions of self-motion in depth', Perception, 32 97-110 (2003) [C1]
DOI10.1068/p3468
2002Burke D, Hayward W, 'Two visual systems but only one theory of perception.', Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 25 100-100 (2002) [C1]
2002Burke D, Cieplucha C, Cass J, Russell F, Fry G, 'Win-shift and win-stay learning in the short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus).', Animal Cognition, 5 79-84 (2002) [C1]
2001Burke D, Everingham P, Rogers T, Hinton M, Hall-Aspland S, 'Perceptual grouping in two visually reliant species; Humans (Homo sapiens) and Australian sea lions (Neophoca cinerea).', Perception, 30 1093-1106 (2001) [C1]
2000Burke D, Roodenrys S, 'Implicit learning in a simple cued reaction time task', Learning and Motivation, 31 364-380 (2000) [C1]
1999Burke D, Alais D, Wenderoth P, 'Determinants of fusion of dichoptically presented orthogonal gratings', Perception, 28 73-88 (1999) [C1]
1997Alais D, Wenderoth P, Burke D, 'The size and number of plaid blobs mediate the misperception of type II plaid direction.', Vision Research, 37 143-150 (1997) [C1]
1996Alais D, Burke D, Wenderoth P, 'Further evidence for monocular determinants of perceived plaid direction.', Vision Research, 36 1247-1253 (1996) [C1]
1994Alais D, Wenderoth P, Burke D, 'The contribution of 1-D motion mechanisms to the perceived direction of drifting plaids and their aftereffects', Vision Research, 34 1823-1834 (1994) [C1]
1994Burke D, Alais D, Wenderoth P, 'A role for a low-level mechanism in determining plaid coherence', Vision Research, 34 3189-3196 (1994) [C1]
1994Wenderoth P, Alais D, Burke D, Van Der Zwan R, 'The role of the 'blobs' in determining the perception of drifting plaids and their motion aftereffects', Perception, 23 1163-1169 (1994) [C1]
1993Burke D, Wenderoth P, 'The effect of interactions between one-dimensional component gratings on two-dimensional motion perception', Vision Research, 33 343-350 (1993) [C1]
1993Burke D, Wenderoth P, 'Determinants of two-dimensional motion aftereffects induced by simultaneously- and alternately-presented plaid components.', Vision Research, 33 351-359 (1993) [C1]
1989Burke D, Wenderoth P, 'Cyclopean tilt aftereffects can be induced monocularly: Is there a purely binocular process?', Perception, 18 471-482 (1989) [C1]
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Conference (8 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Burke DC, Cook S, Jones C, McMillan E, 'Conditional dependence of attractiveness signals', Combined Abstracts of 2012 Australian Psychology Conferences, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
2011Burke DC, Sulikowski D, Willis M, McKone E, Favelle S, 'Is holistic/configural processing restricted to human faces', Abstracts of the 38th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Auckland (2011) [E3]
2011Bennetts R, Robbins RA, Brooks K, Burke DC, Kim J, 'Avatars and point-light faces: Sometimes a face doesn't help recognition', The Abstracts of the 38th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Auckland (2011) [E3]
2011Willis ML, Palermo R, Burke DC, 'Judging approachability on the face of it', The Abstracts of the 38th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Auckland (2011) [E3]
2010Bennetts R, Burke DC, Brooks KR, Robbins RA, 'The use of dynamic cues in self and familiar face recognition', ASCS09: Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science, Sydney, NSW (2010) [E1]
2010Bennetts R, Burke DC, 'Featural and configural cues in same- and different-age face recognition of famous and unfamiliar faces', Combined Abstracts of 2010 Australian Psychology Conferences, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E3]
2010Burke DC, Sulikowski D, 'A new viewpoint on the evolution of sexually dimorphic human faces', Combined Abstracts of 2010 Australian Psychology Conferences, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E3]
2010Willis ML, Palermo R, Burke DC, McGrillen K, Miller L, 'The role of the orbitofrontal cortex in the evaluation of approachability', Combined Abstracts of 2010 Australian Psychology Conferences, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants2
Total funding$191,784

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20121 grants / $6,784

Indian mynah (Acridotheres tristis) population expansion in the Hunter region: Underlying mechanisms and management solutions$6,784

Funding body: Lake Macquarie City Council

Funding bodyLake Macquarie City Council
Project TeamDoctor Darren Burke, Miss Kathryn Haythorpe
SchemeLake Macquarie Environmental Research Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1101125
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Local
Category2OPL
UONY

20091 grants / $185,000

The human face as an evolved signalling system$185,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamDoctor Darren Burke, Dr Romina Palermo, Dr Mark Williams, Dr Simone Favelle
SchemeDiscovery Projects
RoleLead
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNoG0190609
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Human Face as an Evolved Signalling System
Psychology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2014The Role of Hormones in the Prevalence of Female Adolescent Unipolar Depression
Psychology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2014Spatial Cognition in Australian Honeyeaters
Psychology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2013Making Social Judgements from the Face: The Role of Physiological Arousal and Visual Context
Psychology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2013The Impact of Anxiety on Social Abilities
Psychology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2012The Role of Gonadal Hormones on Human Mate Preferences and Mating Strategies
Psychology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2012Here's Looking at You, Kid: Face Processing, Emotional Availability and Reflective Functioning in Mothers with Postnatal Depression
Psychology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
2011Factors Influencing the Physiological and Perceptual Decision-Making Demands of Australian Football Field Umpires
Human Movement, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Darren Burke

Position

Associate Professor
School of Psychology
Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Focus area

Psychology

Contact Details

Emaildarren.burke@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4348 4158
Fax(02) 4348 4145

Office

RoomE1.17
BuildingScience Offices
Location Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258
Australia
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