The University of Sheffield
Department of Human Communication Sciences

Professor Rosemary Varley, BSc, MA, PhD, MRCSLT.

Rosemary Varley

Department of Human Communication Sciences
University of Sheffield
362 Mushroom Lane
S10 2TS
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 2449
Fax: +44 (0) 114 273 0547

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Rosemary Varley is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Sheffield. Her research focuses on developing biologically plausible accounts of human cognition, particularly in the domains of speech and language, and language-linked cognitive function. She gained her undergraduate degree from the University of Newcastle, and postgraduate degrees from the University of Sheffield. Previous posts have included clinical work within the NHS, and three-years at the University of Hong Kong. In 2006, She was awarded an ESRC Professorial Fellowship.

Current research uses a range of methodologies: behavioural studies with healthy adults and people with aphasia and apraxia of speech; fMRI and TMS research. Particular areas of interest are the effects of severe aphasia on non-language cognition, and use of intensive behavioural stimulation regimes to facilitate recovery from aphasia and apraxia.

Research interests

Professional activities

ESRC Professorial Fellowship 2006-9.

Current projects


Key publications

  1. Bek. J., Blades, M., Siegal, M. & Varley, R. 2010. Language and spatial representation: evidence from severe aphasia. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition. In press.
  2. Klessinger, N., Szczerbinski, M., & Varley, R. 2007. Algebra in a man with severe aphasia. Neuropsychologia, 45, 1642-1648.
  3. Varley, R., Klessinger, N., Romanowski, C., & Siegal, M. 2005. Agrammatic but numerate. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 102, 3519-3524.
  4. Varley, R., Cowell, P.E., Gibson, A., Romanowski, C.A.J. 2005. Disconnection Agraphia in a Case of Multiple Sclerosis: The Isolation of Letter Movement Plans from Language. Neuropsychologia. 43, 10, 1503-1513.
  5. Siegal, M. & Varley, R. 2002. Neural systems involved in theory of mind. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 3, 462-471.
  6. Varley, R. A. & Whiteside, S. P. 2001. What is the underlying impairment in acquired apraxia of speech? Aphasiology, 15, 39-49.