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 Correa

At the ECG Dr Camile Correa is interested in how interoception plays a role in human cognition. She completed her PhD at the University of Amsterdam, where she investigated the role of awareness, neuromodulation and metacognition for human decision-making and consciousness. She holds a Master degree in Neuroscience from the University of Sao Paulo and is a psychologist from the Federal University of Parana.

Dr Niia Nikolova

Dr Niia Nikolova is interested in how we experience the environment depending on our internal conditions. As a postdoc in the Embodied Computation Group, she designs psychophysical tasks and work on fMRI analyses to examine the internal processes of perceptual learning and decision making. Before coming to Aarhus, she worked with William McGeown (University of Strathclyde) on a multimodal project investigating hypnotic suggestibility, as well as with Lars Muckli (University of Glasgow) to look at illusory perception and binocular rivalry. In 2018, she completed her PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research & City University of London with the supervision of Michael Morgan and Josh Solomon, during which she examined how we perceive radial movement, using the motion aftereffect. Aside from research, she is involved in science outreach in schools, she plays the flute, and makes various electronic projects.

PhD Student

Malthe Brændholt Sørensen

Before joining the ECG, Dr. Malthe Brændholt Sørensen completed his training as a medical doctor. His PhD project investigates “Breathing in the Brain: A Computational Approach” by combining psychophysics, neurophysiology, and modelling to test hypotheses about how respiratory rhythms influence perception.

Master Students

Anna Stuckert

Anna Stuckert is a master student at Cognitive Science, Aarhus University. She is interested in the Thermal Grill Illusion, as well as in the topics of interoception and Empathy. At the ECG she assists with both data collection and analysis.

Peter Waade

Peter Waade is a master student at Cognitive Science, Aarhus University, and interested social cognition, information theory, and cross-disciplinary research in general. He is interested in the Free Energy Principle, a framework which he hopes to apply to social questions. He also participate in other lab projects, most recently in the investigation of COVID-19 induced self-isolation on mental health and interoception.

Research Assistant

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.

ECG Alumni

Maria Niedernhuber, a PhD student in the Consciousness and Cognition lab at Cambridge Psychology, was co-oriented by the ECG. Maria’s thesis investigates the neural mechanisms of bodily and auditory prediction errors, and their disruption in chronic pain groups.

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

Lena Hansen was a Bachelor’s student at Aarhus University, majoring in Cognitive Science. Her thesis concerned the computational modeling of the thermal grill illusion.

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.