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Biography

I am a Senior Lecturer 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.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Sydney, 14/05/1993
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Sydney, 14/03/1989

Research

Research keywords

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

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/ )

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
170101Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)60
170299Cognitive Science Not Elsewhere Classified25
060399Evolutionary Biology Not Elsewhere Classified15

Collaboration

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.

Administrative

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. I am currently on the School of Psychology Teaching and Learning Committee, School Executive Committee, School Research Committee, and am the Program Co-convener for the Ourimbah-based BPsych students.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Cognition
  • Neuroscience
  • Perception

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.

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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Woo KL, Burke D, Peters RA, '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]
2010Burke DC, Sulikowski D, 'A new viewpoint on the evolution of sexually dimorphic human faces', Evolutionary Psychology, 8 573-585 (2010) [C1]
2009Burke D, Tomiczek C, 'Conditioning', Oxford Companion to Consciousness, Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom (2009) [B1]
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]
2005Burke D, 'Combining disparate views of objects: Viewpoint costs are reduced by stereopsis', Visual Cognition, 12 705-719 (2005) [C1]
2007Sulikowski D, Burke D, 'Food-specific spatial memory biases in an omnivorous bird', Biology Letters, 3 245-248 (2007) [C1]

Publications

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Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Burke D, Tomiczek C, 'Conditioning', Oxford Companion to Consciousness, Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom (2009) [B1]

Journal article (45 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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)
2014Burke DC, 'Why isn't everyone an Evolutionary Psychologist', Frontiers in Psychology, 1-8 (2014)
2014Elsworthy N, Burke D, Scott BR, Stevens CJ, Dascombe BJ, 'Physical and decision-making demands of Australian football umpires during competitive matches.', J Strength Cond Res, (2014)
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)
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]
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]
2013Burke D, Sulikowski D, 'The Evolution of Holistic Processing of Faces', Frontiers in Psychology, 4 (2013) [C1]
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]
2012Sulikowski D, Burke DC, 'Win shifting in nectarivorous birds: Selective inhibition of the learned win-stay response', Animal Behaviour, 83 519-524 (2012) [C1]
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]
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]
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]
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]
2010Burke DC, Sulikowski D, 'A new viewpoint on the evolution of sexually dimorphic human faces', Evolutionary Psychology, 8 573-585 (2010) [C1]
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]
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]
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]
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]
2009Woo KL, Burke D, Peters RA, '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]
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]
2008Torniczek 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]
2008Woo KL, Burke D, 'Technique for measuring speed and visual motion sensitivity in lizards', Psicologica, 29 133-151 (2008) [C1]
2007Sulikowski D, Burke D, 'Food-specific spatial memory biases in an omnivorous bird', Biology Letters, 3 245-248 (2007) [C1]
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]
2007Favelle S, Burke D, 'Attention to configural information in change detection for faces.', Perception, 36 1353-1367 (2007) [C1]
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]
2006Wenderoth P, Burke D, 'Testing the tilt constancy theory of visual illusions', Perception, 35 201-213 (2006) [C1]
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]
2005Burke D, 'Combining disparate views of objects: Viewpoint costs are reduced by stereopsis', Visual Cognition, 12 705-719 (2005) [C1]
2003Burke D, Fulham B, 'An evolved spatial memory bias in a nectar-feeding bird?', Animal Behaviour, 66 695-701 (2003) [C1]
2003Palmisano S, Burke D, Allison R, 'Coherent global perspective jitter improves visual illusions of self-motion in depth', Perception, 32 97-110 (2003) [C1]
2003Keane S, Hayward W, Burke D, 'Detection of three types of changes to novel objects', Visual Cognition, 10 101-127 (2003) [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]
2002Burke D, Hayward W, 'Two visual systems but only one theory of perception.', Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 25 100-100 (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]
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]
1994Burke D, Alais D, Wenderoth P, 'A role for a low-level mechanism in determining plaid coherence', Vision Research, 34 3189-3196 (1994) [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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants2
Total funding$191,784

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2012 (1 grants)

Indian mynah (Acridotheres tristis) population expansion in the Hunter region: Underlying mechanisms and management solutions$6,784
Funding Body: Lake Macquarie City Council

Project Team
Doctor Darren Burke, Miss Kathryn Haythorpe
SchemeRole
Lake Macquarie Environmental Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,78420122012
GNo:G1101125

2009 (1 grants)

The human face as an evolved signalling system$185,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Doctor Darren Burke, Dr Romina Palermo, Dr Mark Williams, Dr Simone Favelle
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$185,00020092011
GNo:G0190609
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions8
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL3.35

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD (Psychology - Science)Principal SupervisorSpatial Cognition in Australian Honeyeaters
20142016PhD (Psychology - Science)Co-SupervisorObjective Measures Within Consumer Neuroscience
20132017PhD (Psychology - Science)Principal SupervisorMaking Social Judgements from the Face: The Role of Physiological Arousal and Visual Context
20132018PhD (Psychology - Science)Principal SupervisorThe Role of Anxiety and Visual Attention in Development of Social Competency
20122016PhD (Psychology - Science)Principal SupervisorThe Role of Gonadal Hormones on Human Mate Preferences and Mating Strategies
20122015PhD (Clinical Psychology)Co-SupervisorHere's Looking at You, Kid: Face Processing, Emotional Availability and Reflective Functioning in Mothers with Postnatal Depression
20112015PhD (Exercise & Sport Science)Co-SupervisorFactors Influencing the Physiological and Cognitive Demands of Elite Australian Football Umpires
20112015PhD (Psychology - Science)Co-SupervisorPerceptual Mechanisms Underlying the Embodimen of Emotion
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Dr Darren Burke

Work Phone(02) 4348 4158
Fax(02) 4348 4145
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Psychology
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaPsychology
Office
E1.17,
Science Offices,
Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah NSW 2258
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/darren-burke