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School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Dr Sarah Knight

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Room Number: Room 2.27, Fogg building


Research Interests:

My research focuses on the perception and cognition of speech and music.

My doctoral work explored rhythmic entrainment in the context of music and speech, and its ability to direct attention, structure interactions, foster positive social judgements and induce attitude change. In particular, I focused on speech rhythm in political oratory, and its role in creating persuasiveness through providing a locus for listener entrainment. More generally, I am interested in the use of music-related activities to engender social bonding and achieve therapeutic goals.

My other interests include the auditory and cognitive factors contributing to the perception of speech in noise, and I have previously worked on research projects exploring speech-in-noise perception in older adults and the intelligibility of sung text in polyphonic music.

I am currently based in the Centre for Mind in Society at QMUL, where I am involved in several interdisciplinary projects based around music, speech, persuasion and communication.

Centre for Mind in Society




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Public Engagement

I have been involved with various outreach events and projects, including the 5Hz project, the Wellcome Trust-funded Tales From Babel project, Sutton Trust Summer Schools and the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.