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Centre for Neuroscience in Education

 

Dr. Sheila Flanagan is an affiliated lecturer with the Department of Psychology and has been a Research Associate with the Centre for Neuroscience in Education since 2012. She is currently working for the Botnar project, having previously worked upon the BabyRhythm project and the Educational Neuroscience & Developmental Dyslexia project.

 

Biography

Shelia completed her PhD in Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge. In her thesis she investigated timbre perception in reverberant spaces with two distinct types of acoustic radiator: the distributed mode loudspeaker and a cone loudspeaker. Shelia has an MSc in Music Technology from the University of York and attributes her fascination with psychoacoustics to her time working as a senior electronics engineer.

Publications

Key publications: 

Flanagan, S., & Goswami, U. (2018). The role of phase synchronisation between low frequency amplitude modulations in child phonology and morphology speech tasks. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 143(3), 1366.  https://doi.org/10.1121/1.5026239

Flanagan, S., Zorila, T. C., Stylianou, Y., & 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 Hearinghttps://doi.org/10.1177/2331216518756533

Araújo, J., Flanagan, S., Castro-Caldas, A., & Goswami, U. (2018). The temporal modulation structure of illiterate versus literate adult speech. PLOS ONE, 13(10), e0205224. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0205224

Carlyon R. P., Flanagan S., & Deeks J. M. (2017). A Re-examination of the Effect of Masker Phase Curvature on Non-simultaneous Masking. Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, 18, 815-825. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10162-017-0637-5

Zorila, T. C., Stylianou, Y., Flanagan, S., & 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. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 141, 189. https://doi.org/10.1121/1.4973533  

Zorila, T. C., Stylianou, Y., Flanagan, S., & 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 Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 140, 402. https://doi.org//10.1121/1.4955005

Zorila, T. C., Flanagan, S., Moore, B. C. J., & Stylianou, Y. (2016). Effectiveness of near-end speech enhancement under equal-loudness and equal-level constraints. Proceedings of INTERSPEECH 2016, 126-130. https://doi.org/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. Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, 53(7), 593-611. 

Flanagan S., & Moore B. C. J. (2001). The Effect of Loudspeaker Type on the Identification of Vowel-like Harmonic Complexes. AES E-Library. http://www.aes.org/e-lib/browse.cfm?elib=9875

Flanagan S., & Moore B. C. J. (2000). The Influence of Loudspeaker Type on Timbre Perception. AES E-Library. http://www.aes.org/e-lib/browse.cfm?elib=9112

Flanagan S., & Taylor, V. (1999). Investigation Into the Relationship Between Subjective Loudness and Auditory Distance Perception. AES E-Library. https://secure.aes.org/forum/pubs/conventions/?elib=8131

Flanagan, S., & Harris, N. (1999). Loudness: A Study of the Subjective Difference between DML and Conventional Loudspeaker. AES E-Library. http://www.aes.org/e-lib/browse.cfm?elib=8308

Harris, N., Flanagan, S., & Hawksford, M.  J. (1998). Stereophonic Localization in Rooms, Comparing Conventional and Distributed-Mode Loudspeakers. AES E-Library. http://www.aes.org/e-lib/browse.cfm?elib=8386

Harris, N., Flanagan, S., & Hawksford, M.  J. (1998). Stereophonic Localization in the Presence of Boundary Reflections, Comparing Specular and Diffuse Acoustic Radiators. AES E-Library. http://www.aes.org/e-lib/browse.cfm?elib=8496

Flanagan, S., & Goswami, U. (2014). Music, Rhythm and Developmental Dyslexia: Investigating amplitude envelope sensitivity. In E. Budinger (Ed.), Proceedings 5th International Conference on Auditory Cortex (p.91)Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology.

Harris, N., & Flanagan, S. (1998). Stereophonic localisation in rooms, comparing the distributed mode loudspeaker (DML) with conventional two-way cone-based loudspeakers. Proceedings of the Institute of Acoustics, 20(5), 113-130.

 

Other publications: 

Ní Choisdealbha, Á., Attaheri, A., Rocha, S., Brusini, P., Mead, N., Gibbon, S., Olawole-Scott, H., Boutris, P., Williams, I., Ahmed, H., Grey, C., Flanagan, S., & Goswami, U. (2020, July 5-9). The development of amplitude rise time detection in the first year [Poster presentation]. International Congress of Infant Studies.

Ní Choisdealbha, Á., Attaheri, A., Rocha, S., Mead, N., Gibbon, S., Olawole-Scott, H., Boutris, P., Flanagan, S., Williams, I., Ahmed, H., Grey, C., Brusini, P., & Goswami, U. (2020, July 5-9). Changes in neural rhythmic entrainment during the first year of life [Poster presentation]. International Congress of Infant Studies.

Rocha, S., Attaheri, A., Ní Choisdealbha, Á., Brusini, P., Flanagan, S., Mead, N., Boutris, P., Gibbon, S., Olawole-Scott, H., Ahmed, H., & Goswami, U. (2020, January 8-10). Infant gross motor rhythmic synchronisation and relationships with language [Poster presentation]. 10th Annual CEU Conference on Cognitive Development, Budapest, Hungary.

Rocha, S., Attaheri, A., Ní Choisdealbha, Á., Brusini, P., Flanagan, S., Mead, N., Boutris, P., Gibbon, S., Olawole-Scott, H., Ahmed, H., & Goswami, U. (2020, July 5-9). BabyRhythm: Early infant audio-motor rhythmic synchronisations predicts later language outcomes [Poster presentation]. International Congress of Infant Studies.

Attaheri, A., Ní Choisdealbha, Á., Liberto, G.M., Brusini, P., Rocha, S., Flanagan, S., Mead, N., Boutris, P., Gibbon, S., Olawole-Scott, H., Ahmed, H., Williams, I., & Goswami, U. (2019, October 19-23) Neural Oscillations and nursery rhymes; An EEG study into individual differences in infant language development [Poster presentation]. Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL, USA.

Ní Choisdealbha, Á., Attaheri, A., Brusini, P., Rocha, S., Flanagan, S., Mead, N., Boutris, P., Gibbon, S., Scott, H., Ahmed, H., & Goswami, U. (2019, June 13-15). Individual differences in auditory entrainment to speech and nonspeech rhythm by infants and relations with early language development [Poster presentation]. Workshop on Infant Language Development, Potsdam, Germany.

Brusini, P., Attaheri, A., Rocha, S., Flanagan, S., Mead, N., Boutris, P., & Goswami, U. (2018, June 27-29) BabyRhythm: An early neural window into infant language skills [Poster presentation]. International Neurogonomics Conference, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Rocha, S., Attaheri, A., Ní Choisdealbh, A., Brusini, P., Mead, N., Olawole-Scott, H., Boutris, P., Gibbon, S., Flannagan, S., & Goswami, U. (2018, September 21). The BabyRhythm Project: Looking longitudinally at early rhythmic skill and language development [Presentation]. BASIS Annual Scientific Meeting, London, UK.

Other Professional Activities

They are a member of the British Society of Audiology, an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a former fellow of the Daphne Jackson Trust.

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