Prof Sophie Scott
Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
Speech Communication Leader
Current Research and Interest
The neurobiology of speech perception, including the functional subsystems in human auditory cortex, the evolution of speech, the difference between intelligibility and comprehension, and profiles of recovery in aphasia. This relates to my work on dyslexia and processing of emotional information in the voice. I am also involved in a project looking at reading and rehabilitation in hemianopic alexia.
I am interested in the neural basis of vocal communication - how our brains process the information in speech and voices, and how our brains control the production of our voice. Within this, I am interested in the roles of streams of processing in auditory cortex, hemispheric asymmetries, and the interaction of speech processing with attentional and working memory factors. I am also interested in the expression of emotion in the voice. Finally, I am interested in individual differences in speech perception, and plasticity in speech perception, since these are important factors for people with cochlear implants.