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Prof Sven Mattys joins the Department

Posted on 8 May 2012

Professor Sven Mattys will join the Department of Psychology at the University of York in September 2012.

After graduating from the Université Libre de Bruxelles he moved to the USA to carry out his PhD studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He remained in America for spells as a postdoctoral researcher at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and then at the House Ear Institute, Los Angeles before moving to the University of Bristol, where he is currently a Professor in Experimental Psychology.

He is an expert in the psychology of language and his research is particularly concerned with the way we learn and understand speech. For example, how do we learn new words? How do we divide the speech we hear into meaningful chunks? How do timing and tone-of-voice affect the way we understand speech, and how do we store and represent words and their meanings?