Sophie Scott
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Sophie Scott


Group Leader of the Speech Communication Lab and Deputy Director at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL. Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow. Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience. Honorary Degree from the University of Poppleton.

Scott is known for her public engagement work, including performing standup comedy, and was featured in a September 2013 edition of the BBC Radio Four programme The Life Scientific. In March 2014, she was invited to give a Friday Evening Discourse at the Royal Institution on the science of laughter. Her work on laughter has also toured science fairs and exhibitions as part of the Laughter_lab project. She has been awarded a UCL Provost's Award for Public Engagement. Sophie Scott will be presenting the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 2017. Entitled 'The language of life', the Lectures will explore the topic of communication.

Neuroscience Psychiatry & Psychology

Work details

Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow

University College London
Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
Sophie Scott is Head of the Speech Communication Group at UCL's Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. Her research investigates 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, her research covers the roles of streams of processing in auditory cortex, hemispheric asymmetries, and the interaction of speech processing with attentional and working memory factors. Other interests include individual differences in speech perception and plasticity in speech perception, since these are important factors for people with cochlear implants. She is also interested in the expression of emotion in the voice. In particular, research in recent years has focused on the neuroscience of laughter.

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