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Research Interests

My current research interests are in the use of magnetoencephalography (MEG) to understand sensory processing in healthy development and in neurodevelopmental disorders.  I am also interested in the use of MEG in clinical disorders such as epilepsy.  The underlying theme which unites these topics is a desire to refine and apply physiological measurement methods for use in real-world clinical questions. My background is in psychophysics, a method to which I also often return.

Teaching Activity

BSc Psychology Undergraduate Modules.

  • Psychology and the Brain (PY1135, first year)
  • Music and the Brain (PY3365, final year option)


I have worked at Aston University since 2001 when I joined as a lecturer.

Before that, I was a post-doctoral researcher in the University Laboratory of Physiology at Oxford University.


PhD, Physiological Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

BSc, Physiological Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Contact Details

mailto: c.witton@aston.ac.uk
telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 4087

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Research Output

Auditory frequency discrimination in developmental dyslexia: A meta‐analysis

Witton, C., Swoboda, K., Shapiro, L. R. & Talcott, J. B., 26 Dec 2019, In : Dyslexia.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • An evaluation of kurtosis beamforming in magnetoencephalography to localize the epileptogenic zone in drug resistant epilepsy patients

    Hall, M. B. H., Nissen, I. A., van Straaten, E. C. W., Furlong, P. L., Witton, C., Foley, E., Seri, S. & Hillebrand, A., 1 Jun 2018, In : Clinical Neurophysiology . 129, 6, p. 1221-1229 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • From Subtypes to Taxons: Identifying Distinctive Profiles of Reading Development in Children

    Burgess, A. P., Witton, C., Shapiro, L. & Talcott, J. B., 28 Jul 2018, Reading and Dyslexia. Springer, p. 207-227 Chapter 11. (Reading and Dyslexia; vol. 16).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Behavioral and molecular genetics of reading-related AM and FM detection thresholds

    Bruni, M., Flax, J. F., Buyske, S., Shindhelm, A. D., Witton, C., Brzustowicz, L. M. & Bartlett, C. W., Mar 2017, In : Behavior Genetics. 47, 2, p. 193–201 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Thesis

    Development of a passive MEG stimulus for measurement of the binaural masking level difference

    Author: Gascoyne, L., 5 Feb 2015

    Supervisor: Witton, C. (Supervisor) & Furlong, P. L. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy