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Allen, David Lehigh Senior Instructor


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research overview

  • Dr. Allen's research is centered around an integrative understanding of the factors influencing physical activity levels and how physical activity levels influence health and fitness outcomes.


  • cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying skeletal muscle plasticity in response to activity, injury, obesity, and stress; effects of technology, drug use, and injury on physical activity levels


selected publications


courses taught

  • PSYC 2012 - Biological Psychology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Summer 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Summer 2021 / Fall 2021
    Surveys biological bases of learning, motivation, emotion, sensory processes and perception, movement,comparative animal behavior, sexual and reproductive activity, instinctual behavior, neurobiology of language and thought, and neurophysiology and neuroanatomy in relation to behavior.
  • PSYC 4021 - Psychology and Neuroscience of Exercise
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021
    Explores social, cognitive, psychobiological and behavioral aspects of exercise and other forms of physical activity. Examines how psychological and neuroscience research have been used to study how participation in regular physical activity affects mental health and how psychological and other variables influence participation in, adherence to, enjoyment of, and consequences of exercise and physical activity.
  • PSYC 4031 - Sport Psychology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Explores the role psychological factors play in the participation in, performance in, and enjoyment of sport. Topics include the role of motivation, attention, arousal, psychological skills training, leadership, and teamwork in sport performance; the psychological variables influencing exercise addiction, overtraining, burnout, body image, and susceptibility to, and recovery from, athletic injuries; and competition, cooperation aggression, and moral behavior in sport.


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