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Research looks at stuttering differences in boys, girls
Date:10/21/2010

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"There is a misperception that stuttering is caused by anxiety, that it is behavioral," she said. "In the vast majority of cases, stuttering is not due to a psychiatric condition or low IQ. We have strong evidence now that stuttering is caused by subtle neural deficits that disrupt interactions between different parts of the brain that are critical for fluid speech production."

Her interest in this research comes from her own firsthand training as a speech-language pathologist. Her doctoral and postdoctoral research allowed her to conduct brain imaging studies using MRI on children and adults who stutter, and now she's hoping to take stuttering research to a new level and to help parents and children.

"Parents will be able to see their child's brain growth in this study, and they will be contributing to treatment solutions for people who stutter," she said. "We expect to learn more about the causes of this speech disorder, and to learn better ways to diagnose, prevent and treat it."


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Contact: Tom Oswald
tom.oswald@ur.msu.edu
517-432-0920
Michigan State University
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