My research

I’m a postdoctoral researcher trying to figure out how human voices work. I’m currently supported by a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, hosted by Newcastle University, in partnership with the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL.

The big questions I’m interested in are:

  • How do we control our voices?
  • How much control do we have over our voices?
  • How does your voice relate to your sense of identity?
  • How is this different in typical speakers and people who have a neurological condition that affects their speech, like stammering, stroke, or Tourettes’ Syndrome?

My research attempts to address these questions by looking at the acoustics of how people change their voices in different situations, and how this is related to brain activation, as well as more subjective things like feelings of agency and affiliation.

You can have a look at my publications on Google Scholar.

Bio

I did my PhD (2017) at University College London, funded by an ESRC studentship. After finishing my PhD I worked on a collaboration between UCL and NTT Laboratories (Japan) before being hired on a Research Excellence Academy fellowship at Newcastle University. For three years from March 1, 2017, I’ll be a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, jointly hosted by Newcastle and UCL.

I’m profoundly deaf and have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME, so I have a personal as well as a professional interest in communication disorders and disability. Sometimes I integrate the two, e.g. this article.

In my spare time I volunteer as an outdoor educator for a national children’s charity and maintain a shed full of axes for entirely charitable purposes (honest). I help run caving camps and am a trainee mountain leader, so can often be found either on top of or underneath the hills. I live in Newcastle with two very snuggly cats.

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