Speech & Brain Research Group (Prof. Kate Watkins)
We investigate the neural basis of speech and language in the typically developing and healthy brain and in disorders of speech and language that are developmental (e.g. stuttering and SLI) or acquired (e.g. aphasia after stroke).
Using brain imaging and stimulation
Basic & clinical research
Funded by MRC & Wellcome Trust
Our group is interested in the neural basis of speech and language. We investigate how sensory and motor areas of the brain interact during speech communication. We use several different brain imaging techniques to study the brain during speech perception and production. These techniques also allow us to explore differences in the structure and function of the brain associated with developmental disorders of speech and language, such as stuttering and specific language impairment.
We are using brain stimulation and speech training with adults who stutter and people who have aphasia due to stroke.
We are also interested in how the brain reorganises function for speech and auditory processing following visual deprivation early in development (congenital blindness) or brain damage acquired in adulthood.
Speech is special - Alvin Liberman
Participate in our experiments: Please look at our SPEECH & BRAIN NEWS section for information about our on-going experiments and contact details.
Speech & Brain News
Male volunteers needed for brain imaging study
. Study Title: Enhancing speech fluency with non-invasive brain stimulation in Developmental Stuttering, Research Ethics Project Number: MSD-IDREC-C2-2014-013
BBC World Service: 'Science of Stammering'
New Research Group by Dr. Riikka Mottonen
Participants who stutter needed for new trial
New publication in 'Journal of Fluency Disorders'!