About Me

Matthias Franken

I am a postdoctoral researcher at McGill University. My main research interest is the sensorimotor nature of speech production. During my PhD research project at Radboud University (Nijmegen, the Netherlands), I investigated the relationship between speech perception and speech production, with a special emphasis on the role of auditory feedback in speech production.
Subsequently, I spent three years at Ghent University where I investigated the sense of agency during speech production, and the role auditory feedback plays in vocal agency. I recently moved to McGill University, where I am currently studying the role of the sensory system in speech motor learning. I conduct my research using various techniques, including online altered auditory feedback as well as neuroimaging techniques (e.g., magnetoencephalography, electroencephalography) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

Recent Publications

Franken, M. K., Hartsuiker, R. J., Johansson, P., Hall, L., & Lind, A. (2021). Speaking with an alien voice: Flexible sense of agency during vocal production, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 47 (4), 479-494. doi: 10.1037/xhp0000799

Franken, M. K., Hartsuiker, R. J., Johansson, P., Hall, L., Wartenberg, T., & Lind, A. (2019). Does passive sound attenuation affect responses to pitch-shifted auditory feedback?, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 146 (6), 4108-4121. doi: 10.1121/1.5134449

Franken, M. K., Acheson, D. J., McQueen, J. M., Hagoort, P., & Eisner, F. (2019). Consistency influences altered auditory feedback processing, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 72 (10), 2371-2379. doi: 10.1177/1747021819838939

Franken, M. K., Eisner, F., Acheson, D. J., McQueen, J. M., Hagoort, P., & Schoffelen, J.-M. (2018). Self-monitoring in the cerebral cortex: Neural responses to small pitch shifts in auditory feedback during speech production, NeuroImage, 179, 326-336. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.06.061


My Career & Education

McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Postdoctoral Researcher, Motor Neuroscience Lab
Department of Psychology
PI: David Ostry

Jan. 2021
Postdoctoral Researcher

Ghent University, Belgium

Postdoctoral Researcher, Dept. of Experimental Psychology
PI: Robert J. Hartsuiker

Oct. 2017 - Dec. 2020
Postdoctoral Researcher

Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

PhD at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour & Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Promotors: Peter Hagoort & James M. McQueen

Sep. 2013 - Sep. 2017
PhD candidate (thesis: "Listening for Speaking: investigations of the relationship between speech perception and production")

Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Master's Research Programme in Cognitive Neuroscience

Sep. 2011 - Sep. 2013
MSc Cognitive Neuroscience (specialization: language & communication)

Leiden University, the Netherlands

BA in Linguistics

Sep. 2008 - Sep. 2011
BA Linguistics (minors in Brain & Cognition and in Amerindian Linguistics)