Principal Investigator

Dr Micah Allen [cv] [web]


Associate Professor (Lektor), Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies and Centre of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience at Aarhus University Hospital.

Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Cambridge Psychiatry.

My research applies computational models, pharmacology, and psychophysics to understand brain-body interaction and its disruption in psychiatric and health-harming illnesses. I am also generally interested in developing model-based approaches to subjective experience (‘computational neurophenomenology’), including for example metacognition, mind-wandering, interoception, and social cognition.

Academic Biography:

My academic career began at the University of Central Florida, where I was mentored by Shaun Gallagher in the interdisciplinary application of philosophy, phenomenology, and experimental psychology to the embodied self. In 2012, I completed a PhD in Neuroscience at Aarhus University within the Interacting Minds Centre, where I worked with Chris Frith, Antoine Lutz, and Andreas Roepstorff to investigate how mindfulness-based stress reduction impacts cognitive control and affective neural processing. From 2013 – 2018 I was a Postdoctoral Fellow jointly in the  FIL and ICN at  University College London, where I worked with Geraint Rees and Karl J Friston to develop embodied predictive processing models of self-inference and metacognition. More recently, I worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Cambridge Psychiatry together with Paul Fletcher on a variety of projects investigating brain-body interaction, predictive processing, and metacognition in health-harming disorders such as obesity and prophylactic gastrectomy.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Nicolas Legrand

Dr. Legrand’s [web] research focuses on the brain-body interactions supporting memory, emotions and forgetting, both from computational and psychopathological perspectives. He completed studies in both Philosophy and Applied Mathematics in Grenoble (UPMF). He obtained his Master’s degree in Cognitive science at the University of Lyon 2 with a specialization in Philosophy of Mind, and a second Master’s degree in the University of Caen with a specialization in neuropsychology.

Dr. Camile Corrêa

Dr. Camile Corrêa completed her PhD in 2018 at the University of Amsterdam (NL). Her work investigates the role neuromodulation and awareness in decision-making and metacognition. She has a master degree in Neuroscience and Behavior, from the University of São Paulo (BR) and is aPsychologist from the Federal University of Paraná (BR). In the ECG Camile works on a variety of projects including our large-scale neuroimaging investigation of brain-body interaction, metacognition, and predictive processing.

PhD Students

Maria Niedernhuber [web]

Maria is a PhD student in the Consciousness and Cognition lab at Cambridge Psychology. Maria’s thesis investigates the  neural mechanisms of bodily and auditory prediction errors, and their disruption in chronic pain groups.

Research Assistants

Nanna Kildahl Mathiasen

Nanna Kildahl Mathiasen is a student at the master program of Cognitive Science Aarhus University. She is generally interested in decision making, cognitive modelling, emotions and understanding the interaction between mind and body. In the ECG she helps out running and analysing the experiments of the lab.

Bachelor’s Students

Sebastian Scot Engen

Sebastian Scott Engen is a Bachelors Student in Cognitive Science. Sebastian’s BSc thesis with the ECG investigates how emotional arousal biases accuracy and meta-cognition for memory.

Lena Hansen

Lena Hansen is a Bachelor’s student at Aarhus University, majoring in Cognitive Science. She is currently working on her thesis regarding computational modeling of the thermal grill illusion.

ECG Alumni

Elena Mainetto was a research assistant at Cambridge Psychiatry. She has now gone on to start a PhD at the Donders Institute. 2018-2019.

Giulia Maistrello was a research assistant at Cambridge Psychiatry. Her research interests included interoception, eating disorders, obesity and meditation. 2018-2019

Laura Huizinga was a visiting Masters Student in our Cambridge Psychiatry lab, where she investigated the influence of obesity and hunger on interoceptive sensitivity. Laura is based at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. 2018-2019

Thomas Schaffhauser. A stochastic detection and retrieval model for the study of metacognition. Dual MSc thesis in Brain and Mind Sciences at UCL. 2016-2017.

Darya, Frank. Arousal induced biases in metacognitive confidence. MSc thesis in Cognitive Neuroscience, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL. 2015-2016.

Calum Glen. Noise-induced bias in metacognition. Supervised research assistant. Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL. 2015-2016.

Daniel Gramm Christensen. Neuroplasticity and cognitive-affective training. Supervised Research Assistant. Aarhus University. 2011-2012.

Beinta M. Rasmussen. Neuroplasticity and cognitive-affective training. Supervised Research Assistant. Aarhus University. 2011-2012.

Joanna Christensen. Neuroplasticity and cognitive-affective training. Supervised MSc thesis. Msc in Biomedical Engineering, Aarhus University. 2011-2012.

Jesper Meyhoff Jensen. Neuroplasticity and cognitive-affective training. Supervised MSc thesis. Msc in Biomedical Engineering. Aarhus University. 2011-2012.