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Prof Kate Watkins

The Speech & Brain Group

We are interested in the neural basis of speech and language.  We use brain imaging and brain stimulation to study typical speech perception and production and to explore differences in the structure and function of the brain associated with disorders of speech and language.

We recently completed our second trial using brain stimulation to enhance fluency in people who stutter - see the INSTEP Study Website for more news and updates.

We have completed our recruitment of children aged 10-15 with a range of language abilities including those who would qualify for a diagnosis of developmental language disorder.  Thank you to all the children and their families who helped with this study.  Watch this space while we analyse your data!  

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Learn more about our research and the tools we use

Interested in working with us?

We currently have no vacancies in the lab.

Interested in studying with us?

Prospective graduate students should contact Prof Kate Watkins by email at 

Further information about applications for graduate studies can be found on the department and university webpages.


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Speech & Brain News

Vocal tract imaging paper is the Winner of the 2021 Editor's Award at JSLHR

Our paper on "Speech movement variability in people who stutter: a vocal tract magnetic resonance imaging study" was selected as the winner of the Editor's award in the Speech section of the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.

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