Sophie Scott is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL, where she is Deputy Director of the Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience and group leader for the Speech Communication Lab. She had a Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowship from 2001 to 2004, and a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowship from 2005 to 2016. Her research addresses the neurobiological basis of verbal and non-verbal aspects of vocal communication. She pioneered the study of the human voice as a social signal, and has recently started to address the ways that non-verbal emotional expressions like laughter are used socially. She was the 2017 Royal Institution Christmas Lecturer.