Dr Matt Davis

University Position
Programme Leader


My work is interdisciplinary, combining diverse methodologies from Cognitive Neuroscience to investigate the neural mechanisms involved in spoken and written language comprehension. I work on a range of topics, including speech perception, lexical representation and processing, morphological and semantic aspects of language comprehension.

Key Publications

Temporal lobe perceptual predictions for speech are instantiated in motor cortex and reconciled by inferior frontal cortex.

Journal: Cell Rep
E-pub date: 30 May 2023
Authors: TE Cope, E Sohoglu, KA Peterson, PS Jones, C Rua, L Passamonti, W Sedley, B Post, J Coebergh, CR Butler, P Garrard, K Abdel-Aziz, M Husain, TD Griffiths, K Patterson, MH Davis, JB Rowe

Evidence for causal top-down frontal contributions to predictive processes in speech perception.

Journal: Nat Commun
E-pub date: 18 Dec 2017
Authors: TE Cope, E Sohoglu, W Sedley, K Patterson, PS Jones, J Wiggins, C Dawson, M Grube, RP Carlyon, TD Griffiths, MH Davis, JB Rowe


Causal Contributions of the Domain-General (Multiple Demand) and the Language-Selective Brain Networks to Perceptual and Semantic Challenges in Speech Comprehension.

Journal: Neurobiol Lang (Camb)
E-pub date: 1 Aug 2022
Authors: LJ MacGregor, RA Gilbert, Z Balewski, DJ Mitchell, SW Erzinçlioğlu, JM Rodd, J Duncan, E Fedorenko, MH Davis

The Neural Time Course of Semantic Ambiguity Resolution in Speech Comprehension.

Journal: J Cogn Neurosci
E-pub date: 1 Mar 2020
Authors: LJ MacGregor, JM Rodd, RA Gilbert, O Hauk, E Sohoglu, MH Davis

Early Visual Word Processing Is Flexible: Evidence from Spatiotemporal Brain Dynamics.

Journal: J Cogn Neurosci
E-pub date: 1 Sep 2015
Authors: Y Chen, MH Davis, F Pulvermüller, O Hauk

Neural correlates of successful semantic processing during propofol sedation.

Journal: Human Brain Mapping
E-pub date: 1 Jan 2014
Authors: RM Adapa, MH Davis, EA Stamatakis, AR Absalom, DK Menon

Task modulation of brain responses in visual word recognition as studied using EEG/MEG and fMRI.

Journal: Front Hum Neurosci
E-pub date: 1 Aug 2013
Authors: Y Chen, MH Davis, F Pulvermüller, O Hauk

Imagery or meaning? Evidence for a semantic origin of category-specific brain activity in metabolic imaging.

Journal: Eur J Neurosci
E-pub date: 1 Apr 2008
Authors: O Hauk, MH Davis, F Kherif, F Pulvermüller

Differentiating morphology, form, and meaning: neural correlates of morphological complexity.

Journal: J Cogn Neurosci
E-pub date: 1 Sep 2007
Authors: M Bozic, WD Marslen-Wilson, EA Stamatakis, MH Davis, LK Tyler

When thoughts become action: an fMRI paradigm to study volitional brain activity in non-communicative brain injured patients.

Journal: Neuroimage
E-pub date: 1 Jul 2007
Authors: M Boly, MR Coleman, MH Davis, A Hampshire, D Bor, G Moonen, PA Maquet, JD Pickard, S Laureys, AM Owen

Change detection in children with autism: an auditory event-related fMRI study.

Journal: Neuroimage
E-pub date: 15 Jan 2006
Authors: M Gomot, FA Bernard, MH Davis, MK Belmonte, C Ashwin, ET Bullmore, S Baron-Cohen