People

Principal Investigator

Dr Micah Allen [cv] [web]

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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 Professor Geraint Rees and Karl J Friston to develop embodied predictive processing models of self-inference and metacognition. Most recently i’ve moved to Cambridge where I am currently applying these models to understand clinical and medical disruption of brain-body signaling and metacognitive inference.


Postdoctoral Research Associates

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We’re recruiting postdocs! Do you like working in an independent and fun research environment? We’re recruiting postdocs for projects investigating brain-body interaction during decision-making and perception. Experience with some combination of Matlab, Python, and R are strong prerequisites. Experience with any of the following are strongly desired: computational modelling, multivariate classification, hierarchical models. Prior experience with embodiment and/or interoception not required but you must be interested in this area!  Recruiting in both Aarhus and Cambridge, and also happy to discuss potential Fellowship applications.


PhD Students

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We’re recruiting PhD Students! If you would like to pursue a PhD in the cognitive neuroscience of brain-body interaction, metacognition, or computational psychiatry get in touch! We’re hiring PhD students in Aarhus and Cambridge Psychiatry, and are always happy to discuss potential PhD Fellowship applications. In particular, we’re looking to recruit PhD students for projects investigating the causal manipulation of interoceptive prediction error.

Maria Niedernhuber [web]

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Bio: 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

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We’re hiring research assistants! We’re hiring graduate RAs in Aarhus. We’re looking for graduate students with a strong interest in furthering their research experience and data science skills. Job duties will include large-scale neuroimaging and physiological data collection, ethics applications, protocol development, and general lab management. Prior experience with data collection and working familiarity with at least one scientific programming language (e.g., Matlab, Python, R) desired but not strictly necessary.

Giulia Maistrello [web] [twitter]

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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

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Please feel welcome to contact us with your proposals for masters research projects and internships!

 

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.