Thursday 20 October 2016, 4.00PM to 5.00pm
Speaker(s): Dr Helen Nuttall - University of Lancaster
Recent years have seen renewed interest in the idea that cortical motor systems involved in producing speech may also contribute to perceiving it. Indeed, accumulating evidence suggests that speech regions of primary motor cortex are active during speech perception. Activation of speech motor regions appears further increased when perceiving speech under challenging listening conditions. However, the precise role of the speech motor system in speech perception remains unclear. In particular, the conditions under which sensorimotor activation is maximal, and how sensorimotor activation relates to hearing acuity, are unknown. In my talk, I will present recent research from my postdoc at the Speech on the Brain Lab at UCL, which aims to elucidate the motor system's role in speech perception.