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Charlotte Wiltshire

BSc (Hons)

Speech & Brain (Watkins Lab)

My research involves the neuropsychology  of language with a particular focus on developmental stuttering.

I am interested in how non-invasive brain stimulation, namely transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), can be used to modulate key brain areas involved in speech.

Throughout my DPhil I will be contributing to a project looking at whether tDCS can enhance fluency in people who stutter. Within this I will be investigating the potential of a recently developed imaging technique - real time Magnetic Resonance Imaging (rtMRI) - to view the precise movements of speech articulators (such as the tongue and vocal chords) within the vocal tract. I hope that this will further our understanding of the sensory motor interaction involved in both fluent and non-fluent speech production.