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Prof Paul Iverson
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Chandler House
2 Wakefield Street
London
WC1N 1PF
Appointment
  • Professor of Speech Hearing and Phonetic Sciences
  • Speech, Hearing & Phonetic Sciences
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Research Themes
Research Summary
My work primarily examines plasticity for speech perception (e.g., how the perceptual processes of individuals adapt as they learn their first language in childhood, learn additional language as adults, encounter unusual accents, use auditory prostheses such as cochlear implants, or understand speech under noisy conditions). My aims have been to investigate where and how adaptations are made in the speech processing pathway (e.g., in auditory, phonetic, phonological, or lexical processing), as well as how plasticity is altered by age and prior experience.

Much of this work has focused on second-language learning. In addition to examining this from a basic-science standpoint, I've been active in developing new training techniques to improve second-language phoneme perception, particularly using mobile devices such as the iPhone.

I also have research interests in music perception (e.g., musical timbre and auditory stream segregation).
Teaching Summary

I am the Graduate Tutor for Speech Hearing and Phonetic sciences.

Academic Background
1993 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Experimental and Cognitive Psychology Cornell University
1988 BA Bachelor of Arts – Cognitive Science University of Rochester, New York
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