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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, Speech 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 

Botnar project: Developing Prototype Assistive Listening Technology for Remediating Developmental Dyslexia:


  • 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., 143, 1366. 10.1121/1.5026239

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.

Araujo J, Flanagan S, Castro-Caldas A, Goswami U (2018) "The temporal modulation structure of illiterate versus literate adult speech". PLoS ONE 13(10): e0205224. 10.1371/journal.pone.0205224

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

Flanagan, Sheila; Moore, Brian C. J. (2001) "The Effect of Loudspeaker Type on the Identification of Vowel-like Harmonic Complexes" AES 111th Convention, New York: 5456.

Flanagan, Sheila; Moore, Brian C. J. (2000) "The Influence of Loudspeaker Type on Timbre Perception" AES 109th Convention, Los Angeles:5226.

Flanagan, Sheila; Taylor, Valerie (1999)"Investigation Into the Relationship Between Subjective Loudness and Auditory Distance Perception" AES 107th Convention, New York:5049.

Flanagan Sheila, Harris Neil (1999) "Loudness: A Study of the Subjective Difference between DML and Conventional Loudspeaker" AES 106th Convention, Munich:4872;

Harris, Neil; Flanagan, Sheila; Hawksford, Malcolm J. (1998) "Stereophonic Localization in Rooms, Comparing Conventional and Distributed-Mode Loudspeakers" AES 105th Convention, San Francisco:4794.

Harris, Neil; Flanagan, Sheila; Hawksford, Malcolm J. (1998) "Stereophonic Localization in the Presence of Boundary Reflections, Comparing Specular and Diffuse Acoustic Radiators" AES 104th Convention, Amsterdam:4684.

Book Chapters

S. A. Flanagan and U. Goswami (2014) Music, Rhythm and Developmental Dyslexia: Investigating amplitude envelope sensitivity. In Proceedings 5th International Conference on Auditory Cortex. E. Budinger (Eds.) Magdeburg, Germany. p91  ISBN 978-3-86912-095-9

N. Harris, and S. Flanagan (1998). Stereophonc localisation in rooms, comparing the distruibuted mode loudspeaker (DML) with conventional two-way cone-based loudspeakers. Proc. Institute of Acoustics Vol. 20 Part 5 (1998) 113 - 130. ISBN: 1 901656 13 6. ISSN 0309-8117