Are you ever too old to learn to speak again?

Speech Learning

Café Scientifique with Professor Sophie Scott, as part of the 2013 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition.

Event details

How does the brain process the information we hear?  Can the brain re-learn how to understand text and speech?  Explore with cognitive neuroscientist Professor Sophie Scott the science behind language therapy to assess how people who have lost their speech ability, such as stroke sufferers, are able to regain their language skills.

Professor Sophie Scott FMedSci is based at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London.  Her research focuses on the neurobiology of how the brain perceives speech and other sounds and how it can recover after illness or injury.

Café Scientifique events aim to provide a forum for the debate of scientific ideas. Join scientists and other specialists to explore current issues in science over a drink. Audience participation is strongly encouraged. 

This event is free and open to all to attend. Seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

The Cafe is located down 9 steps and unfortunately not wheelchair accessible. We have a limited number of bookable seats for people with impaired mobility who are unable to queue. To book in advance, please contact the events team. Further information about accessibility is available.

A podcast of the discussion will be available after the event. 

This event is part of a series of Café Scientifique events throughout the week at the Summer Science Exhibition. 

Enquiries: Contact the events team

Are you ever too old to learn to speak again? 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK

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For more events please see the events diary.

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