UCL Psychology and Language Sciences

Prof Paul Iverson

Prof Paul Iverson

Professor of Speech Hearing and Phonetic Sciences

Speech, Hearing & Phonetic Sciences

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
21st Aug 2000

Research summary

My work primarily examines plasticity for speech perception (e.g., how the perceptual processes of individuals adapt as they learn their first language in childhood, learn additional language as adults, encounter unusual accents, use auditory prostheses such as cochlear implants, or understand speech under noisy conditions). My aims have been to investigate where and how adaptations are made in the speech processing pathway (e.g., in auditory, phonetic, phonological, or lexical processing), as well as how plasticity is altered by age and prior experience.

At present, much of my work examines these issues using EEG for both adults and infants, with a particular focus on accents and language learning. I've also been active in developing new training techniques to improve second-language phoneme perception, particularly using mobile devices such as the iPhone.

I also have research interests in music perception (e.g., musical timbre and auditory stream segregation).

Teaching summary

I am the Graduate Tutor for Speech Hearing and Phonetic sciences, and teach courses on speech acoustics and second-language speech perception.


Cornell University
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1993
University of Rochester, New York
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 1988