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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

We investigate how brain areas interact during speech communication.  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 are also interested in how the brain reorganises speech and language 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.

Interested in studying with us?

Prospective graduate students should contact Prof Kate Watkins by email at

Dorothy: How do you talk if you don't have a brain?

Scarecrow: Well, some people without brains do an awful lot of talking don't they?

Participate in our experiments:  See SPEECH & BRAIN NEWS section for information about our on-going experiments and contact details.

Our team

Selected publications

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