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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).

The Speech & Brain Group
The Speech & Brain Group

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.  

Our research is based at the Department of Experimental Psychology, the FMRIB Centre and the OHBA Centre in Oxford.  We are also part of the Oxford Centre for Developmental Science.

Research vacancies

Prospective graduate students who are interested in applying to join the group may contact Prof Kate Watkins by email at

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.

Selected publications

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