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

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

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

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