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- Speech & Brain Research Group (Prof. Kate Watkins) Research Group
I trained in neuropsychology at the Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London. My doctoral research used neuropsychology and structural image analysis to study the KE family, the affected members of which have a mutation in the gene FOXP2 and a severe motor speech disorder. My post-doctoral training was at the Montreal Neurological Institute, where I used TMS to study the role of the motor cortex in speech perception. I have been in Oxford at the FMRIB Centre since 2003 and I was appointed as a University Lecturer in Experimental Psychology in 2006.
Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
- Tutorial Fellow at St Anne's College, Oxford
- Associate Head for Communications
Neural basis of speech and language
I am interested in how the normal brain communicates using speech and language and what goes wrong in the brains of people with speech and language impairments.
My general research interests are in the area of cognitive neuroscience. Specifically, I am interested in the brain processes underlying speech and language and brain development. This is studied by working with populations of children and adults with developmental and acquired disorders of speech and language, e.g. stuttering, verbal dyspraxia, acquired aphasia. I am also interested in how functional specialisation for auditory and language processing develops in the brain deprived of vision and study this in people who are congenitally blind. We use a number of different methods in the laboratory including neuropsychological testing, brain imaging and brain stimulation.
Language networks in anophthalmia: maintained hierarchy of processing in 'visual' cortex.
Watkins KE. et al, (2012), Brain, 135, 1566 - 1577
Structural and functional abnormalities of the motor system in developmental stuttering.
Watkins KE. et al, (2008), Brain, 131, 50 - 59
Seeing and hearing speech excites the motor system involved in speech production.
Watkins KE. et al, (2003), Neuropsychologia, 41, 989 - 994
Behavioural analysis of an inherited speech and language disorder: comparison with acquired aphasia.
Watkins KE. et al, (2002), Brain, 125, 452 - 464
MRI analysis of an inherited speech and language disorder: structural brain abnormalities.
Watkins KE. et al, (2002), Brain, 125, 465 - 478
Neural basis of understanding communicative actions: Changes associated with knowing the actor's intention and the meanings of the actions.
Möttönen R. et al, (2016), Neuropsychologia, 81, 230 - 237
Resting-State Retinotopic Organization in the Absence of Retinal Input and Visual Experience.
Bock AS. et al, (2015), J Neurosci, 35, 12366 - 12382
Neurochemical changes in the pericalcarine cortex in congenital blindness attributable to bilateral anophthalmia.
Coullon GS. et al, (2015), J Neurophysiol, 114, 1725 - 1733
Neural activation in speech production and reading aloud in native and non-native languages.
Berken JA. et al, (2015), Neuroimage, 112, 208 - 217
Subcortical functional reorganization due to early blindness.
Coullon GS. et al, (2015), J Neurophysiol, 113, 2889 - 2899