Dr Helen Nuttall


Research Overview

I am passionate about speech, ears, brainstems, and brains. I currently work on establishing how motor brain areas work in concert with auditory regions to assist speech perception under challenging listening conditions, along with my collaborators Dr Patti Adank and Dr Joe Devin (UCL). I study this question using several reseach methods: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), which I combine with behaviour and neurophysiology, as well as electroencephalography (EEG). I also teach TMS on the international TMS Workshop for Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL (www.tms-workshop.org). In my PhD, I looked at how speech is represented in the subcortical auditory system using EEG, and how the subcortical representation of speech is modulated by peripheral and cortical influences. I am currently working on combining TMS with EEG to study temporal integration during auditory-motor connectivity when listening to speech in noisy environments.

I am also an Honorary Lecturer at UCL.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation and motor evoked potentials in speech perception research
Adank, P., Nuttall, H., Kennedy-Higgins, D. 06/2017 In: Language, Cognition and Neuroscience. 32, 7, p. 900-909. 10 p.
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The role of hearing ability and speech distortion in the facilitation of articulatory motor cortex
Nuttall, H., Kennedy-Higgins, D., Devlin, J.T., Adank, P. 8/01/2017 In: Neuropsychologia. 94, p. 13-22. 10 p.
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The effect of speech distortion on the excitability of articulatory motor cortex
Nuttall, H., Kennedy-Higgins, D., Hogan, J., Devlin, J.T., Adank, P. 03/2016 In: NeuroImage. 128, p. 218-226. 9 p.
Journal article

Neural bases of accented speech perception
Adank, P., Nuttall, H., Banks, B., Kennedy-Higgins, D. 6/10/2015 In: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 9, 7 p.
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The influence of cochlear spectral processing on the timing and amplitude of the speech-evoked auditory brain stem response
Nuttall, H., Moore, D.R., Barry, J.G., Krumbholz, K., de Boer, J. 1/06/2015 In: Journal of Neurophysiology. 113, 10, p. 3683-3691. 9 p.
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Does musical enrichment enhance the neural coding of syllables?: neuroscientific interventions and the importance of behavioral data
Evans, S., Meekings, S., Nuttall, H., Jasmin, K.M., Boebinger, D., Adank, P., Scott, S.K. 16/12/2014 In: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 8, 4 p.
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Do cochlear mechanisms explain the noise-disruption of the auditory brainstem response to speech?
Nuttall, H., Heinrich, A., Moore, D., de Boer, J. 1/05/2013
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