From Freud to fMRI: Untangling the Mystery of Stuttering

Sunday, February 20, 2011: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
146A (Washington Convention Center )
This symposium will track current developments in the study of stuttering, the fruit of recent collaborations among researchers in the fields of genetics, speech motor control, and language processing. Until the past decade, much of the research into this common yet poorly understood communication disorder tended to be narrowly focused on accounts within a single discipline, from psychoanalysis to learning theory to articulatory control to hemispheric asymmetry. In this symposium, we will provide examples of the cross-disciplinary research that is changing consensus on the probable basis for stuttering. Recent advances in genetics, brain imaging, and speech motor control will be discussed in terms of their ramifications for better understanding this elusive disorder as well as treating it more effectively.
Nan Ratner, University of Maryland
Nan Ratner, University of Maryland
Dennis Drayna, National Institutes on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Identifying the Genetic Contributions to Stuttering
Luc de Nil, University of Toronto
Brain Anatomy and Function in People Who Stutter
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