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  • I use a variety of human brain imaging techniques to understand various cognitive processing systems, such as language, memory, object recognition, and problem solving. My most current research focusses on developing functional imaging techniques that are useful in clinical settings, for the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders. More specifically, I use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to assess patterns of neural activity in non-brain damaged individuals while they perform a series of basic cognitive tasks that are commonly used in neurological and neuropsychological assessment exams. The benefits of this research are 1) standard claims about which brain areas and cognitive systems these exams purport to measure can be examined through this powerful and more direct measure 2)this research will greatly enhance the usefulness of fMRI in clinical settings, e.g., for diagnosis and treatment of neuropathology.


  • Ph.D. in Cognitive Science Johns Hopkins University 2000

Professional Affiliations

  • Neuroscience 1


  •   Allen, M.D., Hedges, D.W., Farrer, T.J., Larson, M.J. (2010). Assessment of brain activity during memory encoding in a narcolepsy patient on and off modafinil using normative fMRI data. Neurocase.
  •   Spangler, D.L, Allen, M.D.  (2010) An fMRI Investigation of Emotional Processing of Body Shape in Bulimia Nervosa. International Journal of Eating Disorders.
  •   Allen, M.D., Owens, T.E., Fong, A.K., Richards, D.R. (2010) A Functional Neuroimaging Analysis of the Trail Making Test-B: Implications for Clinical Application. Behavioural Neurology.
  •   Wu, T.C., Allen, M.D. Goodrich-Hunsaker, N., Hopkins, R. Bigler, E.D. (2010) Functional Neuroimaging of Symptom Validity Testing in Traumatic Brain Injury. Psychological Injury and Law, 3, 50-62.
  •   Owens, T.E., Allen, M.D., Spangler, D.L. (2010) An fMRI study of Self-Reflection about Body Image: Sex differences Personality and Individual Differences, 48, 849-854.
  •   Larsen, J.D., Allen, M.D., Bigler, E., Goodrich-Hunsaker, N., Hopkins, R. (2010) Different patterns of cerebral activation in genuine and malingered cognitive effort during performance on the Word Memory Test. Brain Injury, 24, 89-99.
  •   Osterhout, L., Wright, R., Allen, M.D. (2010). The psychology of linguistic form. In P. Hogan (Ed) Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences. Cambridge University Press
  •   Garn, C.L., Allen, M.D., Larsen, J.D. (2009). An fMRI study of sex differences in brain activation during object naming. Cortex, 45, 610-618.
  •   Allen, M.D. & Fong A. (2008). Clinical Application of Standardized Cognitive Assessment using fMRI. I. Matrix Reasoning. Behavioural Neurology, 20, 127-140.
  •   Allen, M.D. & Fong A. (2008). Clinical Application of Standardized Cognitive Assessment using fMRI. II. Verbal Fluency. Behavioural Neurology, 20, 141-152.
  •   Allen, M.D. & Owens, T.E. (2008). A reply to David Kemmerer’s “ a critique of Mark D. Allen’s ‘The preservation of verb subcategory knowledge in a spoken language comprehension deficit’”. Brain and Language, 106, 72-78.
  •   Allen, M.D. , Bigler, E., Larsen, J., Goodrich-Hunsaker, N., Hopkins, R. (2007). Functional neuroimaging evidence for high cognitive effort on the Word Memory Test in the absence of external incentives. Brain Injury, 21, 1425-1428.
  •   Allen, M. (2005). The preservation of verb subcategory knowledge in a spoken language comprehension deficit. Brain and Language, 95, 255-264.
  •   Allen, M., Badecker, W., & Osterhout, L. (2003). Morphological analysis in sentence processing: an ERP study. Language and Cognitive Processes, 18, 405-430.
  •   McKinnon, R., Allen, M., & Osterhout, L. (2003). Morphological decomposition during lexical processing: evidence from event-related potentials. NeuroReport, 14, 883-886.
  •   Allen, M., & Badecker, W. (2002a). Inflectional regularity: Probing the nature of lexical representation in a cross-modal priming task. Journal of Memory and Language 46, 705-722.
  •   Allen, M., & Badecker, W. (2002b). Stem-homographs and lemma level representations. Brain and Language 81, 79-88.
  •   Badecker, W., & Allen, M. (2002). Morphological parsing and the perception of lexical identity: a masked priming study of stem-homographs. Journal of Memory and Language 47, 125-144.
  •   Osterhout, L., Allen, M., & McLaughlin, J. (2002). Words in the brain: lexical determinants of word-induced brain activity. Journal of Neurolinguistics 15, 171-187.
  •   Osterhout, L., Allen, M., McLaughlin, J., & Inoue, K. (2002). Brain potentials elicited by prose-embedded linguistic anomalies, Memory & Cognition, 30, 1304-1312.
  •   Allen, M., & Badecker, W. (1999). Stem homograph inhibition and stem allomorphy: Representing and processing inflected forms in a multilevel lexical system.  Journal of Memory and Language 41, 105-123.​