Dept. of Anglophone Studies
Metropolitan University Prague
Current Research and Collaborations
I am interested in how humans communicate using sound-based systems. Most of my research to date has asked how the brain processes the speech signal to understand the meaning of what was said. In this interdisciplinary work, I ask questions like
I have recently joined the Centre for Music and Science to extend these interests towards music cognition, and interaction and performance. I also support members of the CMS whose work addresses speech and language.
My approach to experimental research is to use stimuli that are as natural as possible while still being tightly controlled, e.g. phonetically, and to vary the task conditions in various ways. My work links with cognitive psychology, music cognition, speech recognition, and speech synthesis.
From 2003-6 I held a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship to extend my work on speech perception into neuropsychology and computational modelling.
One outcome was Sound to Sense (S2S), a Marie Curie Research Training Network involving 14 institutions in 11 countries. We aim to bring together research on fine phonetic detail with computer modelling of human and machine speech recognition. This training programme for pre-and post-doctoral students started in May 2007 and runs until 2011.
Another outcome is collaboration with Antje Heinrich on an ERA AGE FLARE grant: Age-related changes in the use of linguistic cues for speech intelligibility in adverse listening conditions.
I welcome enquries from prospective PhD students interested in these and related areas.Other Research Interests
Past research includes