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Videos That Depict External and Internal Inhibition of Speech

I came across two interesting videos on YouTube today that show overt manifestations of the inhibition of speech that accompanies stuttering behavior.

The first shows the response of a fluent person’s speech to a magnetic pulse applied to his left brain hemisphere that disables the speech mechanism (causing eye flickering and stuttering-like speech) and then […]

Reason for Hope (Outside the Box)

In the last episode, I discussed how the authors of a paper on the neurology of stuttering were trying to use a model of normal speech control created by Jurgens to describe and explain stuttered speech. This led to the authors concluding that stuttering was primarily caused by brain “structural and functional abnormalities,” (disordered cerebral […]

Is Stuttering an Emotion?

There has been a lot of talk lately about the effect of emotions on stuttering and stuttering development. Something that hasn’t been considered, however, is the possibility that stuttering itself is a response to an “emotionally competent stimulus,” which would mean that stuttering qualifies in some sense as an emotion.

An “emotionally competent stimulus” is […]

Effect of False Body Maps on Stuttering Development

Loss of awareness of stuttering events is a well-known phenomenon to which any stutterer who has viewed a video recording of his own speech can attest. An extreme manifestation is “le petite mort,” a name given by Van Riper to the actual loss of consciousness that can occur in severe stuttering. (I remember my own […]

Feeling the Loss of Speech Control

Greg has a really interesting concept on Stuttering.Me: the notion that “stuttered speech is nothing more than a reflexive behavior that the body uses to deal with the stuttering phenomenon (which is best represented as a neurological state).” If the neurological state includes the disconnection of speech control (and sometimes the awareness of this loss […]

Why Real Research in Stuttering Brain States is Needed

Until real research that considers the role of emotions and conditioning in stuttering is performed by credible researchers, these key elements of stuttering will remain in the hands of “cognitive therapists” who promise that they can help stutterers “think their way out” of stuttering by changing the semantic evalutions of feelings that people have when […]

Stuttering Brain State

Reading Antonio Damasio’s “Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain,” and was struck by the description of a “Decision-Making Mechanism” that starts on page 144 — thinking how it could relate to stuttering behavior. Damasio believes that his research supports the idea that emotions in people with properly functioning brains are inherently rational, […]

Space Vs. Time in Stuttering Therapy

One way of looking at overt stuttering behaviors is to see them as resulting from a reaction or defense against the unpleasant feeling of the speech void — the feeling that we know what we want to say, but can’t for the moment figure out how to make the sound. This is the actual speech […]

Lessons from Haloperidol

Back in the 1970’s there was a miracle drug on the horizon that promised relief from stuttering. Haloperidol (also marketed under the name Haldol) was touted as “work[ing] specifically to counteract a source of motor timing irregularity in stutterers” (Prins, Mendelkorn, Cerf 1980.)

With stutterers now pouring their hopes into the promise of a Pagoclone […]

Fear Memory Erasure Redux

Now that I’ve had a chance to read the entire research article in Science (search “Han Selective Fear Erasure” in PubMed) I’m more convinced than ever that this research could — if a host of human application and potential subject safety issues are addressed — have application to detecting lateral amygdala (LA) activity associated with […]