Dr Chris Allen

Dr Chris Allen

Research Fellow

School of Psychology

+44 (0)29 2068 8793
Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre, Maindy Road, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ
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I am the Wellcome trust strategic award fellow for brain stimulation research at Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre.

I am primarily interested in consciousness. I perform experiments which try to track the relationship between how we experience the world and the brain. I use brain stimulation techniques (transcranial magnetic stimulation, TMS) and brain imaging techniques (magnetoencephalography, MEG and magnetic resonance imaging, MRI). I also have a background in philosophy, particularly phenomenology (the study of experience).

Undergraduate education

University of Edinburgh: BSc (Hons) Physiology.

Postgraduate education

Cardiff University: PhD Psychology.

University of Edinburgh: MSc Philosophy.

Speaking engagements

S4C ‘Doctor Doctor’ interview. MSc neuroimaging promotional video interview. Curios experiments - production company (theatrical events, clubs etc) 1997-2001 co-founding member.






2017 - pressent: MSc project supervisor

2017 - pressent: DClinPsy project co-supervisor

2014 - 2018: PhD co-supervisor

2014 - 2017: MSc lecture

2013 - 2017: Final year lecture

2013 - 2014: MSc dissertation project co-supervisor

2010 - 2012: Undergraduate final year project co-supervisor

2009 - 2012: Practical assistant level 2 psychology undergraduates

2008 - 2009: Postgraduate tutor to level 1 psychology undergraduates

My research involves perform experiments which try to tie together our experience the world as it appears to us and how our brains implement this physically.

The techniques I use don't just allow us measure what's going on inside our heads. We can also interfere with brain processes and see what effect this has on experience. Through these I hope to make progress on questions such as how the brain produces consciousness.