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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

• Auditory Perception - Music and Language

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

• Developmental Auditory Perception

• Atypical auditory development: Developmental Dyslexia - Phonological Processing, Auditory Processing Disorder

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

Oscillatory Rhythmic Entrainment and the Foundations of Language Acquisition 


  • Child Development
  • EEG
  • cognitive neuroscience


  • neural oscillations
  • electro-encephalograhy (EEG)

Key Publications

Flanagan, S and Goswami, U. (2018) "The role of phase synchronisation between low frequency amplitude modulations in child phonology and morphology speech tasks", J. Acoust. Soc. Am., (In Press) 

Flanagan, S., Zorila, T.C., Stylianou, Y., and Moore, B.C.J., (2018) "Speech Processing to Improve the Perception of Speech in Background Noise for Children with Auditory Processing Disorder and Typically Developing Peers", Trends in Hearing.

Carlyon R.P., Flanagan S., and Deeks J.M. (2017). "A Re-examination of the Effect of Masker Phase Curvature on Non-simultaneous Masking". JARO

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.

 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

Other Publications

Araújo, J.Flanagan, S.Castro-Caldas, A., & Goswami, U. (2016, June). The temporal modulation structure of illiterate versus literate speech. Poster presented at the 9th National Symposium on Research in Psychology, Portuguese Psychological Association, Faro, Portugal.