Emily J. Allen, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology
N625 Elliott Hall

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Emily is a Research Assistant Professor in the Auditory Perception & Cognition Lab (APC Lab) where she specializes in behavioral and functional neuroimaging research.

Emily completed her PhD in 2018 in the Cognitive and Brain Sciences program, with a minor in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, at the University of Minnesota. She has a B.A. in psychology from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. in art, with an emphasis in graphic design, from the University of Wisconsin. 

In 2015, she was awarded the Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience (ACN) Erasmus Mundus grant and went to The Netherlands to learn computational modeling and work in Dr. Elia Formisano's lab at Maastricht University. 

Prior to the pandemic, Emily completed data collection for the massive 7T Natural Scenes Dataset (NSD) for Dr. Kendrick Kay's Computational Visual Neuroscience Lab. 

In 2020, she traveled to the NYU campus in Abu Dhabi with Dr. Kay to assist in teaching an fMRI data analysis workshop during the January term. They were invited by Dr. Bas Rokers, a professor at NYU.

In 2023, she received a 3-year early career research (ECR) R21 grant through NIH's National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) for a project called, "Functional and structural characterization of human auditory cortex using high-resolution MRI."


Ph.D. : Psychology; Cognitive and Brain Sciences, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
             Minor: Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

B.A. : Psychology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

B.S. : Art; graphic design emphasis, University of Wisconsin, Madison


Teaching Experience

Instructor: Psychology of Music

Section Leader: Major Project in Psychology, capstone course

Teaching Assistant:

  • Psychology of Music 
  • fMRI: Hands-on Training
  • Sensation & Perception
  • Human Learning & Memory

Guest lectures:

  • Auditory Cortex. Perception Proseminar, University of Minnesota.
  • Music & Emotion. Psychology of Music, University of Minnesota.  
  • Central Auditory Processing (2018). Sensation and Perception, University of Minnesota.
  • Pitch & Timbre: Perception and processing (mini lecture, 2018). Sensation and Perception, University of Minnesota. 
  • The Musical Brain: Function and Anatomy (2017 & 2018). Psychology of Music, University of Minnesota. 

Research Experience

  • Research Assistant Professor, APC Lab, University of Minnesota (Feb. 2024 - present)
  • Research Associate, APC Lab, University of Minnesota (Dec. 2021 - Feb. 2024)
  • Postdoctoral Associate, APC Lab, University of Minnesota (May 2018 - Dec. 2021)
    Advisor: Dr. Andrew Oxenham
  • Postdoctoral Associate, CVN Lab, Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (Oct. 2018 - May 2020) Advisor: Dr. Kendrick Kay
  • Research Assistant, APC Lab (2010 - 2018)
  • Exchange student, ACN Erasmus Mundus, Dept. of Cognitive Neuroscience, Maastricht University  (Aug. 2015 - May 2016)
    Advisor: Dr. Elia Formisano
  • Lab manager, APC Lab, University of Minnesota (2010 - 2015)


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