Dr Samuel Evans

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115 New Cavendish Street London W1W 6UW

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I completed my PhD at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL, in 2012 with Professors Sophie Scott and Stuart Rosen.  I subsequently worked as a post-doc at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge with Dr Matthew H Davis and then back at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience with Professor Sophie Scott and Dr Mairead MacSweeney.  I joined the psychology department at Westminster in March 2017.

My research identifies the neural mechanisms underlying language comprehension and production with the aim of characterising language processing systems, and their modulation by intrinsic (e.g. deafness, language impairment) and extrinsic factors (e.g. modality of language, signal degradation). These research themes are addressed by combining functional and structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging using a variety of techniques, including: Multivariate Pattern Analysis (MVPA), Independent Component Analysis (ICA) and Voxel Based Morphometry (VBM).

2017

How auditory experience differentially influences the function of left and right superior temporal cortices (2017)
Twomey, T., Waters, D., Price, C.J., Evans, S. and MacSweeney, M. 2017. How auditory experience differentially influences the function of left and right superior temporal cortices . Journal of Neuroscience. pp. 0846-17.
Distinct Processing of Ambiguous Speech in People with Non-Clinical Auditory Verbal Hallucinations (2017)
Alderson-Day, B., Lima, C., Evans, S., Krishnan, S., Shanmugalingam, P., Fernyhough, C. and Scott, S.K. 2017. Distinct Processing of Ambiguous Speech in People with Non-Clinical Auditory Verbal Hallucinations. Brain. 140 (9), pp. 2475-2489.
Comprehending auditory speech: previous and potential contributions of functional MRI (2017)
Evans, S. and McGettigan, C. 2017. Comprehending auditory speech: previous and potential contributions of functional MRI. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience. 32 (7), pp. 829-846.
What has replication ever done for us? Insights from neuroimaging of speech perception (2017)
Evans, S. 2017. What has replication ever done for us? Insights from neuroimaging of speech perception. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 11 (41), pp. 1-5.

2016

Getting the Cocktail Party Started: Masking Effects in Speech Perception (2016)
Evans, S., McGettigan, C., Agnew, Z.K., Rosen, S. and Scott, S.K. 2016. Getting the Cocktail Party Started: Masking Effects in Speech Perception. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 28 (3), pp. 483-500.
Visual Speech Perception in Children With Language Learning Impairments (2016)
Knowland, V.C.P., Evans, S., Snell, C. and Rosen, S. 2016. Visual Speech Perception in Children With Language Learning Impairments. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. 59, pp. 1-14.
Distinct neural systems recruited when speech production is modulated by different masking sounds (2016)
Meekings, S., Evans, S., Lavan, N., Boebinger, D., Krieger-Redwood, K., Cooke, M. and Scott, S.K. 2016. Distinct neural systems recruited when speech production is modulated by different masking sounds. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 140 (1), pp. 8-19.

2015

Do We Know What We’re Saying? The Roles of Attention and Sensory Information During Speech Production (2015)
Meekings, S., Boebinger, D., Evans, S., Lima, C.F., Chen, S., Ostarek, M. and Scott, S.K. 2015. Do We Know What We’re Saying? The Roles of Attention and Sensory Information During Speech Production . Psychological Science. 26 (12), pp. 1975-1977.
Feel the noise: Relating individual differences in auditory imagery to the structure and function of sensorimotor systems (2015)
Lima, C.F., Lavan, N., Evans, S., Agnew, Z., Halper, A.R., Shanmugalingam, P., Meekings, S., Boebinger, D., Ostarek, M., McGettigan, C., Warren, J.E. and Scott, S.K. 2015. Feel the noise: Relating individual differences in auditory imagery to the structure and function of sensorimotor systems. Cerebral Cortex. 25 (11), pp. 4638-4650.
Hierarchical organization of auditory and motor representations in speech perception: Evidence from searchlight similarity analysis (2015)
Evans, S. and Davis, M.H. 2015. Hierarchical organization of auditory and motor representations in speech perception: Evidence from searchlight similarity analysis. Cerebral Cortex. 25 (12), pp. 4772-4788.
Musicians and non-musicians are equally adept at perceiving masked speech (2015)
Boebinger, D., Evans, S., Rosen, S., Lima, C.F., Manly, T. and Scott, S.K. 2015. Musicians and non-musicians are equally adept at perceiving masked speech. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 137 (1), pp. 378-387.

2014

Changes of right-hemispheric activation after constraint-induced, intensive language action therapy in chronic aphasia: fMRI evidence from auditory semantic processing (2014)
Mohr, B., Difrancesco, S., Harrington, K., Evans, S. and Pulvermüller, F. 2014. Changes of right-hemispheric activation after constraint-induced, intensive language action therapy in chronic aphasia: fMRI evidence from auditory semantic processing. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 8, p. Article 919.
Does musical enrichment enhance the neural coding of syllables? Neuroscientific interventions and the importance of behavioral data (2014)
Evans, S., Meekings, S., Nuttall, H.E., Jasmin, K.M., Boebinger, D., Adank, P. and Scott, S.K. 2014. Does musical enrichment enhance the neural coding of syllables? Neuroscientific interventions and the importance of behavioral data. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 8, p. Article 964.
The Pathways for Intelligible Speech: Multivariate and Univariate Perspectives (2014)
Evans, S., Kyong, J.S., Rosen, S., Golestani, N., Warren, J.E., McGettigan, C., Mourão-Miranda, J., Wise, R.J.S. and Scott, S.K. 2014. The Pathways for Intelligible Speech: Multivariate and Univariate Perspectives . Cereb Cortex. 24 (9).

2012

An application of univariate and multivariate approaches in FMRI to quantifying the hemispheric lateralization of acoustic and linguistic processes (2012)
McGettigan, C., Evans, S., Rosen, S., Agnew, Z.K., Shah, P. and Scott, S.K. 2012. An application of univariate and multivariate approaches in FMRI to quantifying the hemispheric lateralization of acoustic and linguistic processes. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 24 (3), pp. 636-652.

2010

Categorizing Speech (2010)
Scott, S.K. and Evans, S. 2010. Categorizing Speech. Nature Neuroscience. 13 (11), pp. 1304-1306.

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