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Allman Melissa J. Allman
Assistant Professor
206 Giltner
(517) 432-8779

Research Statement

From the dual perspective of behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, I am principally interested in time perception processes in the brain, and the correspondence to cognition and behavior, particularly as this relates to development, developmental disabilities, and psychopathology.


I direct the TIME - Time in Mental Experience - lab which is focused on infant, child and adult internal representations of duration and temporal structure. I am interested in how our sensitivity for, and ability to think about time develops, and the correspondence to other aspects of cognition (e.g., episodic memory, planning). I am particularly interested in how distortions in timing might be related to certain psychological disorders of perception, behavior and cognition.

Current Projects

I have a NICHD Pathway to Independence award to study timing and time perception in autism (R00 HD058698, Principal Investigator). 


I am currently accepting undergraduates to work in the lab, and welcome enquiries from interested potential graduate students.

Related Research Websites
Allman T.I:M.E. lab Research in the T.I:M.E. lab includes behavioral psychophysical assessments of timing and time perception, and cognitive assessments of psychological time, temporality and mental time travel. Research focuses on how this develops in infancy through childhood to adulthood, and differences in individuals with psychiatric, behavioral and developmental disorders (particularly autism).

Research Publications    
2012Allman, M. J., & Meck, W. H. (2012). Pathophysiological distortions in time perception and timed performance. Brain, 135, 656-677.
2012Allman, M. J., Pelphrey, K. A., & Meck, W. H. (2012). Developmental neuroscience of time and number: Implications for autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 6:7. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2012.00007
2011Allman, M. J., DeLeon, I. G., & Wearden, J. H. (2011). Psychophysical assessment of timing in individuals with autism. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 116, 165-178.
2011DeLeon, I. G., Gregory, M. K., Frank-Crawford, M. A., Allman, M. J., Wilke, A. E., Carreau-Webster, A. B., & Triggs, M. M. (2011). Examination of the influence of contingency on changes in reinforcer value. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 44, 543-558.
2011Allman, M. J. (2011). Deficits in temporal processing associated with autistic disorder. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 5:2. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2011.00002
2010Edgin, J.O., Mason, G., Allman, M. J., Capone, G., DeLeon, I., Maslen, C., Reeves, R.H., Sherman, S., and & Nadel L. (2010). Development and validation of the Arizona Cognitive test battery for Down Syndrome. Journal of Neurodevelopmental disorders, 2, 149-164.
2010Allman, M. J., DeLeon, I. G., Cataldo, M. F., Holland, P. C., & Johnson, A. W. (2010). Learning processes affecting human decision-making: An assessment of reinforcer-selective Pavlovian-to-Instrumental transfer following reinforcer devaluation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 36, 402-408.
2009DeLeon, I. G., Frank, M. A., Gregory, M. K. & Allman, M. J. (2009). On the correspondence between preference assessment outcomes and progressive-ratio schedule assessments of stimulus value. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 42, 729-733.
2009Allman, M. J., & DeLeon, I. G. (2009). No time like the present: Time perception in autism. In A.C. Giordano & V. A. Lombardi (Eds.), Causes and risks for Autism, pp. 65-76. New York: Nova Science Publishers.