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Dr Matt Davis

Speech perception and comprehension; spoken and written word recognition; language learning
Dr Matt Davis

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

Speech perception and comprehension

Spoken and written word recognition

Language learning

Office Phone: (+44) (0)1223 273637

Departments and Institutes

The Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit:
Programme Leader: Hearing, Speech & Language

Research Interests

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.


  • Neuroscience
  • Psycholinguistics

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