Allison K. Allen

Allison K. Allen
University of California, Santa Cruz | UCSC · Department of Psychology

Philosophy, MA

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Introduction
Allison K. Allen is currently a PhD student at the Department of Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz. Allison does research in consciousness, perception, attention, and agency.
Education
September 2016 - July 2021
University of California, Santa Cruz
Field of study
  • Cognitive Psychology
August 2010 - July 2016
San Francisco State University
Field of study
  • Philosophy
August 2004 - June 2010
San Francisco State University
Field of study
  • Philosophy and Psychology

Publications

Publications (11)
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The contents of our conscious mind can seem unpredictable, whimsical, and free from external control. When instructed to attend to a stimulus in a work setting, for example, one might find oneself thinking about household chores. Conscious content thus appears different in nature from reflex action. Under the appropriate conditions, reflexes occur...
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The nature of “entry into consciousness” (“entry,” for short) remains mysterious. Paradigms such as the Reflexive Imagery Task were developed to investigate entry of high-level, involuntary conscious contents. In this task, subjects are presented with a stimulus (e.g., a visual object) and instructed to not perform an operation upon it (e.g., to no...
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The Reflexive Imagery Task (RIT) reveals that the activation of sets can result in involuntary cognitions that are triggered by external stimuli. In the basic RIT, subjects are presented with an image of an object (e.g., CAT) and instructed to not think of the name of the object. Involuntary subvocalizations of the name (the RIT effect) arise on ro...
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We investigate whether a new polystable illusion, illusory apparent motion (IAM), is susceptible to subjective perceptual control as has been shown in other polystable stimuli (e.g., the Necker cube, apparent motion quartets). Previous research has demonstrated that, although IAM shares some properties in common with other polystable stimuli, it al...
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Misophonia has been characterized as intense negative reactions to specific trigger sounds (often orofacial sounds like chewing, sniffling, or slurping). However, recent research suggests high-level, contextual, and multisensory factors are also involved. We recently demonstrated that neurotypicals’ negative reactions to aversive sounds (e.g., nail...
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A plethora of research has focused on the nature of the unconscious processes involved in low-level perceptual analysis (e.g., pattern completion), language (e.g., syntax), memory (e.g., implicit memory), and action control (e.g., motor programming), but little investigation has examined the nature of the unconscious processes associated with the '...

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