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Principle Investigator 

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Dr. Micah Allen

Professor, Computational Neuroscience and Computational Psychiatry at Center for Functionally Integrative Neuroscience (CFIN) at Aarhus University Hospital. 


Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Cambridge Psychiatry. 

Chairman at Neuroscience Academy Denmark, Brain Body Interaction Column. 

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.

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. Niia Nikolova 


Dr. 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.

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Dr. Leah Banellis


Dr. Banellis is interested in brain-body interactions involved in psychiatric symptoms, consciousness and interoception. For her PhD, she researched brain-heart interactions in healthy cognition and patients with disorders of consciousness, supervised by Dr. Damian Cruse at the University of Birmingham. Also with Dr. Cruse she completed her MSc in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience, researching electrophysiological markers of conscious speech processing. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology with Human Biology at Plymouth University, with her BSc project on embodiment and meditation with Prof. Susan Blackmore

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Postdoctoral Fellows

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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.


Melina Vejlø


Melina Vejlø is a master student of the Cognitive Science programme at Aarhus University and a PhD student with the ECG. Melina is doing her PhD on how Cannabinoids (THC and CBD) modulate and affect effort, reward and effort prediction errors, feelings of fatigue and interception. 

Farah Hina

Farah Hina is a PhD Student at the ECG based at Cambridge Psychiatry

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PhD Students 

Master Student

Peter Thestrup Waade

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Peter is a PhD student at Aarhus University with a background in Cognitive Science. He works with social and group-individual dynamics, at the moment employing an Active Inference framework to bridge different levels of description. With the ECG, he has worked on consciousness and covid-related measures, and continues to be closely related to the group.

ECG Alumni

Sofie Rødkjær Blendstrup, was a research assistant, who helped organize the logistics of the Visceral Mind Project and collect data for it. She furthermore, worked briefly on the Cannabodies project. 2021.


Camile Correa, was a Post Doc working on interoception and metacognition at the ECG. 2019-2021.


Anna Stuckert, was a Cognitive Science bachelors student, who worked on various projects in the ECG. The wrote her bachelor thesis in collaboration with the lab on interoception and gambling behavior. 


Peter Waade, was a Cognitive Science master student working on the investigation of COVID-19 induced self-isolation on mental health and interoception. 


Nanna Kildahl Mathiasen, was a Cognitive Science master student who worked as a research assistent at the ECG. She helped out running and analyzing data for the ECG. 2019 - 2020

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.

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