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Dr Sharon Geva

Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Neuroscience
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Psychology and Sport Science
Areas of Expertise:
Neuroscience , Psychology
Research Supervision:

Sharon is a cognitive neuroscientist, with an interest in language and memory across the lifespan. She is studying cognitive processing and impairments following brain damage, using neuropsychological testing and brain imaging techniques.

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Sharon joined ARU as a Senior Lecturer in 2022. Prior to this, she worked at University College London as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, first at the Institute of Child Health, and then at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Neuroimaging.

She works with both paediatric and adult populations, combining structural and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) with neuropsychological testing.

Sharon studies brain mechanism underlying speech and language impairments and recovery after stroke. She also studies the variability in inner speech in healthy adults and post-stroke, with special interest in the relation between inner speech and other aspects of cognition.

She is a member of the ARU Centre for Mind and Behaviour.

Research interests
  • Speech and language
  • Inner speech
  • Memory
  • Stroke
  • MRI
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Behavioural analysis
Areas of research supervision
  • Acquired language disorders
  • Normal language processing
  • Short-term memory
  • Variability and impairments of inner speech
  • Imaging and Diagnostics in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Mind and Behaviour
  • Current Theoretical Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Research in Action: Qualitative Methods and Psychology in Practice
  • UKCGE Recognised Research Supervisor
  • PhD Clinical Neuroscience, University of Cambridge
  • MSc Neuroscience, University of Oxford
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology and Biology, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Memberships, editorial boards

Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Topic Editor (Rising stars in Speech and Language 2023)

Selected recent publications

Geva, S., Schneider, L. M., Khan, S., Lorca-Puls, D. L., Gajardo-Vidal, A., PLORAS team, Hope, T. M. H., Green, D. W., Price, C. J., 2022. Enhanced left superior parietal activation during successful speech production in patients with left dorsal striatal damage and error-prone neurotypical participants. Cerebral Cortex.

Geva S., Schneider, L. M., Khan, S., Gajardo-Vidal, A., Lorca-Puls, D. L., PLORAS team, Hope, T. M. H., Green, D. W., Price, C. J., 2021. Accurate speech production following cerebellar stroke is associated with enhanced activation in cerebral motor regions. NeuroImage: Clinical, 32, 102820.

Geva, S., Schneider, L. M., Roberts, S., Green, D. W., Price, C. J., 2021. The effect of focal damage to the right medial posterior cerebellum on word and sentence comprehension and production. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 15, 664650.

Geva, S., Truneh, T., Seghier, M. L., Hope, T. M. H., Leff, A. P., Crinion, J. T., Gajardo-Vidal, A., Lorca-Puls, D. L., Green, D. W., PLORAS team, Price, C. J., 2021. Lesions that impair verbal short-term memory: A study of 816 stroke survivors. Brain Communication, 3(2), fcab031.

Gajardo-Vidal, A., Lorca-Puls, D. L., PLORAS team, Warner, H., Pshdary, B., Crinion, J. T., Leff, A. P., Hope, T. M. H., Geva, S., Seghier, M. L., Green, D. W., Bowman, H., Price, C. J., 2021. Damage to Broca’s area does not contribute to long-term speech production outcome after stroke. Brain, 144(3), pp. 817–832.

Geva, S., Jentschke, S., Argyropoulos, G., Chong, W. K., Gadian, D. G., Vargha-Khadem, F., 2020. Volume reduction of caudate nucleus is associated with movement coordination deficits in patients with hippocampal atrophy due to perinatal hypoxia-ischaemia. NeuroImage: Clinical, 28, 102429.

Geva, S., Fernyhough, C., 2019. A penny for your thoughts: children’s inner speech and its neuro-development. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, pp. 1708.

Geva, S., Warburton, E. A., 2019. A Test Battery for Inner Speech Functions. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 34, pp. 97–113.

Geva, S., 2018. Inner speech and mental imagery: a neuroscientific perspective. In: Langland-Hassan, P., Vicente, A. (Eds.), 2018. Inner Speech: New Voices (Oxford: Oxford University Press), pp. 105-130.

Stark, B., Geva, S., Warburton, E. A., 2017. Behavioral predictors of functional communication in post-stroke aphasia. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60(9), pp. 2406-2415.

Geva, S., Cooper, J. M., Gadian, D. G., Mishkin, M., Vargha-Khadem, F., 2016. Impairment on a self-generated working memory task in patients with early acquired hippocampal atrophy. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 20, pp. 12-22.

Geva, S., Jones, P. S., Crinion, J. T., Price, C. J., Baron, J. C., Warburton, E. A., 2011. The neural correlates of inner speech defined by voxel-based lesion-symptom mapping. Brain, 134(10), pp. 3071-3082.

Geva, S., Bennett, S., Warburton, E. A., Patterson, K., 2011. Discrepancy between inner and overt speech: Implications for normal language processing and post stroke aphasia. Aphasiology, 25(3), pp. 323-343.

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