Speech & Brain (Watkins Lab)
My research involves the neuropsychology of language with a particular focus on developmental stuttering.
I am interested in how non-invasive brain stimulation, namely transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), can be used to modulate key brain areas involved in speech.
Throughout my DPhil I will be contributing to a project looking at whether tDCS can enhance fluency in people who stutter. Within this I will be investigating the potential of a recently developed imaging technique - real time Magnetic Resonance Imaging (rtMRI) - to view the precise movements of speech articulators (such as the tongue and vocal chords) within the vocal tract. I hope that this will further our understanding of the sensory motor interaction involved in both fluent and non-fluent speech production.