Neuropsychology of Stuttering

Neuropsychology of Stuttering

Neuropsychology of Stuttering

Neuropsychology of Stuttering

Synopsis

Papers from seven internationally renowned scholars in the areas of neuropsychology and speech pathology are presented in this collection. This book will be of major interest to graduate students, researchers and clinicians in the fields of speech pathology, psychology and neuropsychology.

Excerpt

Many active researchers in stuttering see neuropsychology as the most likely area for obtaining new insights into the nature of this baffling disorder. After decades of unverified theories and equivocal research findings based on the premise that stuttering is wholly learned behavior, the premise has grown stale. Viewpoints with a physiological orientation have that invigorating aura of promise that new departures almost always bring with them.

This is by no means the first time that researchers have concerned themselves with the stutterer's physical constitution. From about 1925 to 1945 there was intensive investigation of the neuromuscular organization, cardiovascular functioning, biochemistry, and motor coordination of stutterers. Little came of this research. It was plagued by primitive instrumentation and questionable procedures. One by one, enthusiastic reports of significant findings were eventually found to be due to such errors as the failure to test subjects under basal conditions, the use of previously established norms in place of control groups, or statistical analyses in which N's were inflated by the use of numbers of measures rather than numbers of subjects. a half century has passed since this early effort petered out in confusion. We are now in possession of far better instrumentation, and the conduct of research in speech pathology has become a science in itself. There are grounds for belief that the neurophysiological findings being reported presently may prove to have a firm basis in fact.

The clinical implications of this new development are as yet diffi-

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