UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Speech Science Forum

  • Meetings are held in Chandler House at 4pm on Thursday, unless otherwise stated. 
  • Talks are held in the building where SHaPS is located: Chandler House, 2 Wakefield Street, London WC1N 1PF. (map link)
  • All are welcome!

Contact Nadine Lavan or Chengxia Wang for more information.

Current scheduled talks for 2018-2019 


Term 3 2018/2019
Date/roomNameTitle and Abstract

25th of April, 4pm G15

Ella Jeffries (University of Essex)

Children’s developing awareness of regional accents

2nd of May, 4pm 118

Sophie Scott (UCL)It's about time: computational processing differences in rostral and caudal auditory fields, and the implications for speech and sound processing

9th of May, 4pm 118

Joanne Cleland (University of Strathclyde

Using Ultrasound tongue imaging to teach children with speech disorders new articulations 

16th of May, 4pm 118Ediz Sohoglu (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge)

Perceiving (and learning to perceive) speech

23rd of May, 4pm 118Alex Billig (UCL)

Perception of ambiguous speech and related auditory cortical activity

30th of May, 4pm 118



6th of June, 4pm 118

Gwijde Maegherman (UCL)

Finding your inner voice - The motor imagery of speech 


Term 2 2018/2019
Date/roomNameTitle and Abstract

17th Jan, 4pm G10

Gavin Tyte

Towards a common language for beatboxing sounds

24th Jan, 4pm G10

Gwen Brekelmans(UCL)

Phonetic vowel training: the effect of input variability

31st Jan, 4pm G10

Maria Chait (UCL)

Sensitivity to statistical structure facilitates perceptual analysis of complex auditory scenes

21st of Feb, 4pm G10Mark Huckvale (UCL)

So what is this thing called "Deep Learning" anyway? 

28th of Feb, 4pm G10Anqi Xu (UCL)

Can infants learn to speak by acoustic imitation?

7th of Mar, 4pm G10

Giulia Borghini (UCL)

The pupil as a window to the listening brain: listening effort during non-native speech perception

14th of Mar, 4pm B02

Amalia Arvaniti (University of Kent)

Crosslinguistic variation, phonetic variability, and the formation of categories in intonation

18th of Mar, 4pm 118

Nobuaki Minematsu (The University of Tokyo)

How can speech technologies support learners to improve their skills of speaking, listening, conversation and more?

21th of Mar, 4pm 118

Faith Chiu & Sven Mattys (University of York)Duration underestimation under cognitive load


Term 1 2018-2019
Date/roomNameTitle and Abstract
27th Sept, 4pm 118

Laurel Lawyer (University of Essex)

Overhearing: The processing of unattended continuous speech in adults, normal hearing children, and children with cochlear implants. PDF iconssf_lawyer.pdf
4th Oct, 4pm 118Axelle Calcus (UCL)Neural processing of speech in children with sensorineural hearing loss.
18th Oct, 5pm B01Léo Varnet (UCL)

New methodologies for studying listening strategies in phoneme categorization tasks

25th Oct, 5pm 118Robert Lennon (University of Leeds)Experience and learning in cross-dialect perception: Ambiguous /r/ in Glasgow 
15th Nov, 5pm 118Petra Hödl (University of Graz)The Styrian banter: Production and Perception of Austrian German word-initial plosives 
22nd Nov, 4pm 118Gesa Hartwigsen (Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive & Brain Sciences, Leipzig)Modulation of language networks with non-invasive brain stimulation PDF iconssf_hartwigsen.pdf
29th Nov, 4pm 118Velia Cardin (University of East Anglia)Neural reorganisation as a consequence of congenital deafness 
3rd Dec (Mon), 4pm 118Douglas Hartley (University of Nottingham)Functional near-infrared spectroscopy to predict cochlear implant outcome
6th Dec, 4pm 118Emma Holmes (UCL)Cognitive influences on speech intelligibility in people with normal and impaired hearing
13th Dec, 5pm 118Sam Kirkham (Lancaster University)Sociophonetic variation and articulatory dynamics in speech production