Navigation Links
When fingers start tapping, the music must be striking a chord
Date:2/19/2011

This release is available in French.

Washington (Thursday, February 17) According to University of Toronto speech-language pathologist Luc De Nil, the beat could be revealing such things as how children master one of the most complex tasks of all speech.

"The rapid and precise muscle movements of speech must be the most intricate, yet poorly understood, of all the sensory-motor skills," says De Nil.

De Nil's interest in finger-tapping came out of his group's previous work on adults who stutter. His team discovered that they have problems in acquiring new and unusual tapping sequences and not just speech. The research suggests an underlying neural basis for the motor deficit.

The researchers tested the abilities of stuttering adults to learn both speech and tapping sequences. In some experiments, the participants were given extensive practice lasting more than one day. Other studies investigated the effects on the accuracy of a speaker's performance when motor learning was disrupted. To follow up, the investigators use magnetic resonance imaging and fMRI to observe and analyze the neural processes underlying speech production in children and adults who stutter.

"We turned to children next because we wanted to know if the adult data was relevant to them and if giving them finger and speech tasks would let us observe motor skills as they develop in both stutterers and non-stutterers."

De Nil will discuss some of the findings at this week's meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. He will take part in the session From Freud to fMRI: Untangling the Mystery of Stuttering on Sunday, February 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Room 146A, Washington Convention Center.

The session will also be the subject of a special AAAS news briefing on Saturday. Newsroom participants should check their schedules for the location and time.


'/>"/>

Contact: Arnet Sheppard
arnet.sheppard@nserc-crsng.gc.ca
613-293-3502
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Snowblowers Can Remove Fingers, Too
2. Gender Gap in Starting Doctor Pay Grows
3. With Hormone Therapy, Starting Later May Be Less Risky
4. New guidelines for preventing falls in the elderly include: start tai chi, cut-back on meds
5. Starting School Early May Keep Girls Thin
6. Starting dialysis too early can increase risk of death
7. Sporadic breast cancers start with ineffective DNA repair systems, Pitt researchers find
8. Less than 1 month until start of major osteoporosis meeting in Singapore
9. Rogue gene hijacks stem cells to jumpstart human cancer
10. Growth defects in cystic fibrosis may start before birth
11. Most Babies Start Sleeping Through Night at 2 to 4 Months
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/20/2017)... , ... February 20, 2017 , ... Researchers at the ... cancer, as well as a marker that may predict response to a particular class ... other types of cancer as well. The new findings were published in Proceedings of ...
(Date:2/20/2017)... ... February 20, 2017 , ... ... announced Biscom Document Router (BDR), the first IoT device from Biscom designed to ... imaging. Biscom will debut BDR at HIMSS17 and will be conducting ...
(Date:2/20/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 20, 2017 , ... ReportingMD, a Population Health Software Company, is ... of the company. The new location will triple the size of the previous location ... the town of Sunapee, NH. , “We are excited to expand our footprint ...
(Date:2/20/2017)... ... ... Chuck E. Cheese’s® and Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) recently announced ... throughout New England, New York and New Jersey to provide children with autism spectrum ... Chuck E. Cheese’s in a sensory-friendly environment. , After a successful pilot run ...
(Date:2/19/2017)... Carolina (PRWEB) , ... February 19, 2017 , ... The ... evening undergraduate nursing students, is being led by Amelia Joseph, Ph.D. Joseph was engaged ... initial operations of the nursing department in early 2016. After a nation-wide search, she ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/20/2017)... Fla. , Feb. 20, 2017 Seal ... its health IT solution for mobile device management and ... 2017 HIMSS Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, ... #4444. Mobile devices have become commonplace in ... comes a new set of concerns, including the disinfection ...
(Date:2/20/2017)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... Trends - Product (RFID refrigerators and RFID freezers), Application (Diagnostic centers, ... their offering. ... The Global RFID Blood Refrigerator and Freezer Market is poised to ... This industry report analyzes the global markets for ...
(Date:2/20/2017)... FRANCISCO , February 20, 2017 ... expected to reach USD 58.4 billion by 2025, ... Research, Inc. The market is driven by technological ... serve future growth opportunities to the market. For ... with an aim of identifying emerging viruses and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: