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FullSizeRender2Broadly speaking I am interested in speech and language processing across the lifespan. For example, I am interested in how children with and without developmental disorders acquire and process language. I am particularly interested in the relationship between auditory skills, language skills and attention in language acquisition. I have investigated both the neural underpinnings of language processing and the behavioural manifestation of these skills -both in perception and production. However, our brains and behaviours keep changing with age and there are considerable changes how we perceive and produce speech in the childhood, during our teenage years and early adulthood to older age. It is these changes that are part of normal development I wish to be able to understand better. Also, in recent years, I have become more and more interested in investigating speech and language processing in ‘real-life situations’ -that is how to create ecologically valid communicative situations in the laboratory.  For more information on various projects I’ve been involved in, please visit my Research page.

You can also email me at: o.tuomainen@ucl.ac.uk

A short biography:

I completed my PhD in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience in 2009 at University College London, UK. My thesis investigated auditory processing skills and their relationship with speech processing and language ability in young adults with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) and Dyslexia.

Since my PhD, I have been working as a teaching fellow and a postdoctoral Research Fellow in various institutions in the UK.

Currently I am a co-PI and a Research Fellow on a new 3-year ESRC funded project titled ‘Speech masking effects in speech communication across the lifespan‘.  The project aims to lead to a better understanding of how speech communication is affected by different types of noises in the environment -and how this changes as a function of age.