12 Feb Measuring brain function in stuttering
This protocol includes studies investigating the mechanisms involved in the integration of sensory information and central motor commands for the control of speech. Various hypotheses are being investigated with the common aim of improving our understanding of the processes and mechanisms underlying normal and disordered speech.
The common procedure across these studies consists of recording the participants’ speech utterances acoustically (i.e., recording the speech output with a microphone) while measuring brain activity using electroencephalography (EEG). In these studies, participants wear insert earphones through which they can hear their own speech and an EEG cap (similar to a swim cap) that measures their brain activity.
We are recruiting children (ages 3-12) and adults (ages 18-60) for these EEG studies. We are especially looking for participants who stutter, but we also recruit those who do not stutter. All of our research study participants will be compensated $15/hr for their time, in addition to receiving a free hearing screening as part of the study. Additionally, we can reimburse for parking costs. All children will receive a small toy or book to thank them for participating in our study. As part of the study, guardians of the children will also receive a detailed breakdown of the speech, language, and hearing evaluation conducted by a graduate clinician.
Feel free to email the Max Lab at MaxLab@uw.edu for more information.
-Stuttering and non-stuttering children (ages 3-12) and adults (18-60)
-Must have no history of other neurological or psychological diagnoses
-Must speak American English as a native language
-Must not be taking any psychoactive medications (e.g., Zoloft, Prozac)
Additional Study Details
Full Study Title
Electrophysiological studies of speech and nonspeech movements in nonstuttering and stuttering individuals
Dr. Ludo Max
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University of Washington, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
4101 15th Avenue NE Street Room 31
Seattle, Washington 98105