UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Speech Science Forum 11th June - Dr. Hannah J. Stewart

11 June 2020, 3:30 pm–5:00 pm

On June 11th, Dr. Hannah J. Stewart will deliver an online talk entitled "Speech and non-speech cortical networks: Typical development and effect of listening difficulties" for the Speech Science Forum. If you would like to attend the talk, for those on the mailing list, simply click the provided Teams link at 3:30pm. If you are not subscribed to the mailing list, please contact the organiser for the link.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Anqi Xu – Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Science

Talk Title - Speech and non-speech cortical networks: Typical development and effect of listening difficulties


The mechanisms underlying listening difficulties are poorly understood. Listening difficulties are frequently reported among children with clinically normal hearing, but with academic, language and attention problems – a condition sometimes referred to as developmental ‘auditory processing disorder’. I will be showing that exploring the cortical networks involved in speech and non-speech listening may hold the key.

To understand speech, we integrate acoustic features through the bottom-up stream of the auditory pathway to the auditory cortex, and linguistic properties through widespread top-down cortical areas of semantic processing and cognition. I will be sharing our results from a large longitudinal study at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital looking at how these cortical areas work together in children with and without listening difficulties.

About the Speaker

Dr. Hannah Maclure

Research Fellow at UCL

Hannah is a cognitive psychologist working in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at University College London. She uses neuroimaging techniques, EEG and MRI, to understand the underlying mechanisms of speech and non-speech listening skills in hearing impairment and developmental disorders. She is also exploring how to bring gamification and virtual reality to make the research environment more child-friendly.

More about Dr. Hannah Maclure