BSc (Hons), DPhil
My research interest is the neurobiology of speech and language with a particular focus on developmental stuttering.
Throughout my DPhil at Oxford I contributed to a large randomised control trial looking at whether tDCS can enhance fluency in people who stutter (INSTEP trial - see website). Within this, I used a range of techniques to investigate the neural control of speech and the differences between people who stutter and people who are typically fluent. For example, I used a recently developed technique - vocal tract Magnetic Resonance Imaging (vtMRI) - to view the precise movements of speech articulators (such as the tongue and vocal chords) within the vocal tract. I also used functional MRI to investigate the neural control of inhibition during speech and non-speech movements. Finally, I used brain stimulation techniques (transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and tDCS) to understand whether tDCS has the potential to modulate speech motor control in a typically speaking population.
Having finished my DPhil, I am now continuing to work on the analysis of the INSTEP randomised control trial.
Failure of tDCS to modulate motor excitability and speech motor learning.
Wiltshire CEE. and Watkins KE., (2020), Neuropsychologia
Transcranial Direct current stimulation does not modulate performance on a tongue twister task
Wiltshire CEE. and Watkins KE., (2019)