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Prof Kate Watkins

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 currently recruiting for two studies on stuttering:

In collaboration with colleagues in Australia we are investigating the genetics of stuttering.  See

 ****WANTED: Adult Men who Stutter for brain stimulation and imaging study.  See the INSTEP Study Website for more details and to contact us.

We are also recruiting for several other imaging and brain stimulation studies of speech production and perception.  Contact us for details 

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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Interested in working with us?

We are currently advertising a short-term job for a post-doctoral researcher involving analysis of MRI scans obtained in children with Developmental Language Disorder.  See here for details. 

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.

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?

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