Neural mechanisms of developmental stuttering: translation of an animal model of rhythm processing to assessment and intervention

Devin McAuley, Professor and Director of the Cognitive Science Program; Department of Psychology, Neuroscience Program

The researchers will assess whether individuals who stutter have a core deficit in rhythm processing by combining behavioral and neuroimaging studies of stuttering individuals with studies of songbirds that have been induced to stutter. A better understanding of the cause(s) of neurodevelopmental stuttering could lead to improved diagnosis and treatments for the 3 million Americans who stutter. It may also clarify a range of neurodevelopmental disorders that implicate rhythm and/or temporal processing as a core deficit, including dyslexia, specific language impairment (SLI), and autism.

RAIND Update Neural Mechanisms of Developmental Stuttering

Principal Investigators

  1. J. Devin McAuley, Associate Professor, Psychology, Michigan State University

Co-Investigators

  1. Juli Wade, Chair, Psychology, Michigan State University
  2. Soo-Eun Chang, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Michigan State University
  3. Laura Dilley, Assistant Professor, Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Michigan State University