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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre


My work is interdisciplinary, combining diverse methodologies from cognitive neuroscience to investigate the neural mechanisms involved in spoken and written language comprehension. I work on a range of topics, including speech perception, lexical representation and processing, morphological and semantic aspects of language comprehension.


Key publications: 

Gagnepain, P., Henson, R.N., Davis, M.H. (2012) Temporal predictive codes for spoken words in human auditory cortex. Current Biology, 22(7), 615-621.

Sohoglu, E., Peelle, J.E., Carlyon, R.P. & Davis, M.H. (2012) Predictive top-down integration of prior knowledge during speech perception. Journal of Neuroscience, 32(25), 8443-8453.

Davis, M. H., Ford, M. A., Kherif, F., Johnsrude, I. S. (2011) Does semantic context benefit speech understanding through "top-down" processes? Evidence from time-resolved sparse fMRI. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23(12), 3914-3932.

Coleman, M.R., Davis, M.H., Rodd J.M., Robson T., Ali A., Pickard J.D., Owen A,M. (2009) Towards the routine use of brain imaging to aid the clinical diagnosis of disorders of consciousness. Brain, 132, 2541-2552.

Davis, M.H. & Gaskell, M.G. (2009) A complementary systems account of word learning: neural and behavioural evidence. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 364(1536), 3773-3800.

Davis, M.H., Di Betta, A., Macdonald, M.J.E. & Gaskell, M.G. (2009). Learning and consolidation of novel spoken words. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21(4), 803-820

Davis, M.H., Coleman M.R., Absalom A.R., Rodd J.M., Johnsrude I.S., Matta B.F., Owen A.M. & Menon D.K. (2007). Dissociating speech perception and comprehension at reduced levels of awareness. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 104(41), 16032-16037

Dais, M.H. & Johnsrude, I.S. (2007). Hearing speech sounds: Top-down influences on the interface between audition and speech perception. Hearing Research, 229(1-2), 132-147

Davis, M.H., Johnsrude, I.S., Hervais-Adelman, A.G., Taylor, K.J. & Mcgettigan, C. (2005). Lexical Information Drives Perceptual Learning of Distorted Speech: Evidence From the Comprehension of Noise-Vocoded Sentences. Journal of Experimental Psychology - General, 134(2), 222-241

Davis, M.H. & Johnsrude, I.S. (2003). Hierarchical Processing in Spoken Language Comprehension. Journal of Neuroscience, 23(8), 3423-3431

Hauk, O., Davis, M.H., Ford, M., Pulvermuller, F. & Marslen-Wilson, W.D. (2006). The time course of visual word-recognition as revealed by linear regression analysis of ERP data. Neuroimage, 30(4),1383-1400

Programme Leader in the Speech and Language Group, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit
Dr Matt  Davis