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  • Wellcome Senior Research Fellow in Basic Biomedical Science and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Professor Sophie Scott FMedSci FBA is Director of the Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience, and Head of the Speech Communications Group. She did her PhD at UCL between 1990-1993 and worked at for the Medical Research Council between 1993-1998, before returning to UCL to take up a series of Wellcome Trust Fellowships. She was Deputy Director at the ICN from 2014-2019 when she was appointed Director.
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Research Summary

I am interested in the neural basis of vocal communication - how our brains process the information in speech and voices, and how our brains control the production of our voice. Within this, I am interested in the roles of streams of processing in auditory cortex, hemispheric asymmetries, and the interaction of speech processing with attentional and working memory factors. I am also interested in the expression of emotion in the voice, especially laughter.

I have been working with brain imaging technicians since the mid 1990s, and have worked with PET, fMRI, TMS, MEG and fNIRS.

I teach on these topics at UCL and I also run a module for masters students on communication skills for cognitive neuroscience.

Academic Background
1994   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1990   Bachelor of Science (Honours) Polytechnic of Central London
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