Talking of Singing - Carolyn McGettigan 22nd November, 5-6.30pm Flexible voices: Linking the brain and the voice using MRI

Carolyn’s research is concerned with all aspects of how the human voice is perceived and produced. In her research, a key issue is the flexibility of the voice – how our voice sounds is constantly changing, often in ways that we intend but also in ways we can’t control. She’s interested in understanding the consequences of that variability for both listeners and vocalisers. In her perception work, she’s interested in, for example, how listeners recognise other people from their voice, how they socially appraise those voices, and how they might represent them in the brain. In her work on voice production, she wants to know more about how we control and modulate our own voice to express identity and social intentions. She’s been using MRI to develop new insights into how the brain controls the voice, through analysing images of the vocal tract and brain activity during speech tasks.

Carolyn is a cognitive neuroscientist researching the perception and production of the human voice. She was born and raised in Derry, N Ireland. She completed her undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, and not long after that moved to UCL for her PhD and postdoctoral training. She has been the Principal Investigator of the Vocal Communication lab since 2012, first at Royal Holloway, University of London, and more recently as a Chair in Speech and Hearing Sciences at UCL.

Event fee:

£20 for each conversation booked individually, 10% discount for two, 15% for four and 20% for six in one basket