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Dr Sheila Flanagan

Dr Sheila Flanagan

Affiliated Lecturer

Research Associate

former Daphne Jackson Fellow


Sheila studied for her PhD in Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge. Her thesis investigated timbre perception in reverberant spaces with two distinctly different types of acoustic radiator; the distributed mode loudspeaker and a cone loudspeaker. She has an MSc in Music Technology from the University of York. Her research career grew from her fascination with psychoacoustics whilst she worked as a senior electronics engineer.

Research Interests

• Developmental Dyslexia - Phonological Processing

• Auditory Perception - Music and Language

• Acoustics and Psychoacoustics - Spatial hearing: In a world full of noise and cocktail parties, how do we understand anything?

Member of the British Society of Audiology, Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Subject groups/Research projects

Educational Neuroscience & Developmental Dyslexia:

Music, Rhythm and Developmental Dyslexia


  • Child Development
  • EEG
  • cognitive neuroscience


  • neural oscillations
  • electro-encephalograhy (EEG)

Key Publications

Flanagan S., Moore B.C.J., & Stone M.A. (2005). "Discrimination of group delay in
click-like signals presented via headphones and loudspeakers". J. Audio Eng. Soc. 53: 593-611 

Zorila, T.C., Stylianou, Y., Flanagan, S., and Moore, B.C.J., (2017). "Evaluation of near-end speech enhancement under equal-loudness constraint for listeners with normal-hearing and mild-to-moderate hearing loss." J. Acoust. Soc. Am.,141, 189 (2017); doi: 10.1121/1.4973533 

Zorila, T.C., Stylianou, Y., Flanagan, S., and Moore, B.C.J., (2016). “Effectiveness of a loudness model for time-varying sounds in equating the loudness of sentences subjected to different forms of signal processing,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 140, 402 (2016);

Zorila, T.C., Flanagan, S., Moore, B.C.J. and Stylianou, Y., (2016). "Effectiveness of near-end speech enhancement under equal-loudness and equal-level constraints" Proceedings of  INTERSPEECH 2016 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2016-594.