See also


*indicates shared first author. 

Hauser, T. U., Allen, M., Rees, G., & Dolan, R. J. (In Press). Metacognitive impairments extend perceptual weaknesses in compulsivity. Scientific Reports. Preprint available at bioRxiv –

Owens A., Allen, M., Ondobaka, S., Friston, KJ. (Submitted). Interoceptive inference: from computational neuroscience to clinic.

Allen, M., Hauser, T. U., Fleming, S. M., Schwarzkopf, D. S., Glen, J. C., & Rees, G. (In Preparation). Autonomic and neuroanatomical underpinnings of the precision-weighted confidence bias.

Allen, M., & Fletcher, P. C. (In Preparation). Embodied Computational Psychiatry.

Allen, M., & Rees, G. (In Preparation). Metacognition as Self-Inference.

*Allen, M., *Vatanserver, D., Karapanagiotidis, T., & Smallwood, J. (In Preparation). Effective connectivity reveals within and between-network signatures of self-generated thought.


*Hauser, T. U., *Allen, M., Purg, N., Moutoussis, M., Rees, G., & Dolan, R. J. (2017). Noradrenaline blockade specifically enhances metacognitive performance. eLife, 6, e24901.

*Allen, M., *Frank, D., Glen, J. C., Fardo, F., Callaghan, M. F., & Rees, G. (2017). Insula and somatosensory cortical myelination and iron markers underlie individual differences in empathy. Scientific Reports, 7, 43316.

Allen, M., Glen, J. C., Müllensiefen, D., Schwarzkopf, D. S., Fardo, F., Frank, D., … Rees, G. (2017). Metacognitive ability correlates with hippocampal and prefrontal microstructure. NeuroImage, 149, 415–423.

Fardo, F., Vinding, M. C., Allen, M., Jensen, T. S., & Finnerup, N. B. (2017). Delta and gamma oscillations in operculo-insular cortex underlie innocuous cold thermosensation. Journal of Neurophysiology.

Fardo, F., Auksztulewicz, R., Allen, M., Dietz, M. J., Roepstorff, A., & Friston, K. J. (2017). Expectation violation and attention to pain jointly modulate neural gain in somatosensory cortex. NeuroImage.

Kumar, S., Tansley-Hancock, O., Sedley, W., Winston, J. S., Callaghan, M. F., Allen, M., … Griffiths, T. D. (2017). The Brain Basis for Misophonia. Current Biology, 27(4), 527–533.


Allen, M., Frank, D., Schwarzkopf, D. S., Fardo, F., Winston, J. S., Hauser, T. U., & Rees, G. (2016). Unexpected arousal modulates the influence of sensory noise on confidence. eLife, 5, e18103.

Gallagher, S., & Allen, M. (2016). Active inference, enactivism and the hermeneutics of social cognition. Synthese, 1–22.

Allen, M., Fardo, F., Dietz, M. J., Hillebrandt, H., Friston, K. J., Rees, G., & Roepstorff, A. (2016). Anterior insula coordinates hierarchical processing of tactile mismatch responses. NeuroImage, 127, 34–43.

Allen, M., & Friston, K. J. (2016). From cognitivism to autopoiesis: towards a computational framework for the embodied mind. Synthese, 1–24.

2011 – 2015

Fardo, F., Allen, M., Jegindø, E.-M. E., Angrilli, A., & Roepstorff, A. (2015). Neurocognitive evidence for mental imagery-driven hypoalgesic and hyperalgesic pain regulation. NeuroImage, 120, 350–361.

Allen, M., Smallwood, J., Christensen, J., Gramm, D., Rasmussen, B., Gaden Jensen, C., … Lutz, A. (2013). The balanced mind: the variability of task-unrelated thoughts predicts error-monitoring. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7.

Allen, M., Dietz, M., Blair, K. S., Beek, M. van, Rees, G., Vestergaard-Poulsen, P., … Roepstorff, A. (2012). Cognitive-Affective Neural Plasticity following Active-Controlled Mindfulness Intervention. Journal of Neuroscience, 32(44), 15601–15610.

Tylen, K., Allen, M., Hunter, B. K., & Roepstorff, A. (2012). Interaction vs. observation: distinctive modes of social cognition in human brain and behavior? A combined fMRI and eye-tracking study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6.

Ma, Y., Bang, D., Wang, C., Allen, M., Frith, C., Roepstorff, A., & Han, S. (2012). Sociocultural patterning of neural activity during self-reflection. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, nss103.

Allen, M., & Williams, G. (2011). Consciousness, Plasticity, and Connectomics: The Role of Intersubjectivity in Human Cognition. Frontiers in Psychology, 2.