Speech Research Group


Eryk Walczak


Eryk Walczak

My project investigates speech motor learning of Mandarin tones (rises and falls). I use EEG, fNIRS, behavioural and acoustic data to study how pitch contours are processed and learned. I am working under the supervision of Professor Peter Howell and Dr Jyrki Tuomainen.

Teaching experience:

PSYC1103 Introduction to Psychological Experimentation (2013/2014)

PSYC2203 Research and Quantitative Methods in Psychology (2013/2014)


Walczak, E. (2018). Speech Production. In Oxford Bibliographies in Linguistics. Ed. Mark Aronoff. New York: Oxford University Press.

Hardwicke, T.E., Jameel, L., Jones, M., Walczak, E.J., & Weinberg, L.M. (2014). Only Human: Scientists, Systems, and Suspect Statistics. Opticon1826 (16):25, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/opt.ch

Walczak, E., Zhang, J., Schoof, T., Tuomainen, J., & Howell, P. (2014). Cortical inhibition of the brainstem frequency following response in falling and rising tone production. Proceedings from ISSP 2014 The 10th International Seminar on Speech Production. Cologne, Germany.

Skatova, A., Leygue, C., Spence, A., Bedwell, B., Walczak, E., & Ferguson, E. (2012). Communal Energy Displays: The Role of Emotions in Environmental Decisions. Proceedings from Digital Futures 2012 Conference, Aberdeen, UK.

Walczak, E. (unpublished MRes thesis) Speech learning of Mandarin tones: Behavioural and electrophysiological correlates.


Walczak, E. & Howell, P. (2017, September). fnirsr: An R package for analysing functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) data. fNIRS UK 2017. London, UK.

Walczak, E., Tuomainen, J., Nevard, S., & Howell, P. (2014, May). Cortical influences on brainstem FFR during productions whilst speakers hear their own voice. Poster presented at Frequency Following Response (FFR) Workshop. London, UK.



Public engagement:

My Blog About Data

The Polish Observer - Elektrody, mózg i język chiński [English: Electrodes, brain, and Chinese language]

Polyglots' Brains - Neuroscience and Language Learning. Presented at Polyglot Gathering 2014. Berlin, Germany.