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. I study this question using several research 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 (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.
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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 In: Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics. 19, 1, 5 p.
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