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Dr Emma Holmes
Department of Speech Hearing and Phonetic Sciences
Chandler House, 2 Wakefield Street
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  • Lecturer
  • Speech, Hearing & Phonetic Sciences
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
I completed my undergraduate degree in in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, and my PhD at the University of York under the supervision of Quentin Summerfield. I then moved to Canada to work as a postdoctoral fellow at the Brain and Mind Institute (University of Western Ontario) with Ingrid Johnsrude. While I was at the University of Western Ontario, I also collaborated with researchers at the National Centre for Audiology. Next, I moved to UCL. Initially, I worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Tim Griffiths and Karl Friston at the Wellome Centre for Human Neuroimaging. I then joined the Department of Speech Hearing and Phonetic Sciences at UCL as a lecturer in 2021.
Research Summary

I’m interested in how we percieve sounds in challenging listening environments—such as understanding what a friend's saying when there are other conversations going on around us. In particular, I'm interested in how auditory cognition (e.g., attention and prior knowledge) affects our perception of speech and other sounds, and how these processes are affected by hearing loss. My research combines behavioural techniques (e.g., auditory psychophysics), cognitive neuroscience (e.g., EEG, MEG, and fMRI), and computational modelling. You can find more details about my research on my website: https://emmaholmes.co.uk/research/

Teaching Summary

I currently teach the following UCL modules:

I also supervise student research projects. If you’re interested in doing your project with me, please feel free to send me an e-mail. I believe diversity adds value to groups and I welcome enquiries from people who are members of historically underrepresented communities. I strive to create a supportive and inclusive lab environment in which all members can thrive.

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