UCL Psychology and Language Sciences

Prof Sophie Scott

Prof Sophie Scott

Wellcome Senior Research Fellow in Basic Biomedical Science and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
16th Nov 1998

Research summary

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, especially laughter.

I have been working with brain imaging technicians since the mid 1990s, and have worked with PET, fMRI, TMS, MEG and fNIRS.

I teach on these topics at UCL and I also run a module for masters students on communication skills for cognitive neuroscience.


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1994
Polytechnic of Central London
First Degree, Bachelor of Science (Honours) | 1990


Professor Sophie Scott FMedSci FBA is Director of the Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience, and Head of the Speech Communications Group. She did her PhD at UCL between 1990-1993 and worked at for the Medical Research Council between 1993-1998, before returning to UCL to take up a series of Wellcome Trust Fellowships. She was Deputy Director at the ICN from 2014-2019 when she was appointed Director.