People

Principal Investigator

Dr Micah Allen [cv] [web]

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Associate Professor, 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 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. Camile Corrêa

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Dr. Camile Corrêa completed her PhD in 2018 at the University of Amsterdam. Her work investigates the role neuromodulation and awareness in decision-making and metacognition. 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, and is also a member of the ECG. Maria’s thesis investigates the  neural mechanisms of bodily and auditory prediction errors, and their disruption in chronic pain groups .


Research Assistants

Giulia Maistrello [web] [twitter]

RA at Cambridge Psychiatry. Guilia’s research interests include interoception, eating disorders, obsesity, and meditation.


Elena Mainetto [web]

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RA at Cambridge Psychiatry. Elena’s research interests include reward processing, eating behavior, obesity, and interoception.


Masters Students

Laura Huizinga [web]

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


ECG Alumni

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.