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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 […]

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, […]