About Us

The Embodied Prediction in Communication (EPiC) Lab is based in Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology at University of Manchester, United Kingdom.

Research in the EPiC lab broadly falls within Cognitive Neuroscience of Language. We use a wide range of methods including reaction times, fMRI, EEG/ERP, neurostimulation (TMS/tDCS/tACS), eye tracking and machine learning.

Our current research focuses on inner speech experience in silent reading, induced verbal hallucinations in healthy adults, conceptual processing of abstract concepts, the embodiment of language syntax, indirect language communication and gestures.  You are welcome to visit our Research page to learn more!

Our research is not possible without generous support from our funders:


EPiC lab welcomes new PhD student

Tslil Ofir has joined us to start her PhD project on how language meaning and syntax may be embodied in the experience of language forms among bilinguals. She completed a BA in Psychology (honours program, 1st class/with distinction) at Bar-Ilan University, during which she worked as a research assistant and conducted a sub-research examining the […]

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EPiC lab welcomes new member!

Ryan Horsfall, who did his BSc and PhD at the University of Liverpool, has just joined us. He will work on several projects looking at the EEG correlates of inner speech across a range of tasks. He is a bit of a MatLab wizard and is very experienced in EEG and fMRI. PS: he is […]

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EPiC lab receives new funding to study inner speech

We’ve recently received new funding from Bial Foundation and the British Academy to work on the neural mechanisms underlying inner speech processing in silent reading. We will start hiring soon for an RA post starting from September 2019. Experience in EEG and MatLab is essential. Stay tuned!

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What do auditory verbal hallucinations sound like?

As part of this year’s Science Spectacular, EPiC lab gathered at Manchester Museum to show our visitors how we study inner speech scientifically and how we could help people who suffer from auditory verbal hallucinations. Jaydan created a rhyming game to show that inner speech in silent reading reflects our regional accents (​Filik & Barber, […]

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