Computational modeling of stuttering caused by impairments in a basal ganglia thalamo-cortical circuit

The authors examined the roles of dopamine excess and atypical white matter in stuttering, and observed that each abnormality causes stuttering by affecting the same basal ganglia-thalamus-left ventral premotor cortex; these neural abnormalities delay readout of the next syllable’s motor program, leading to dysfluency.

Civier, Oren, Bullock, Daniel, Max, Ludo, and Guenther, Frank H. (2013). Computational modeling of stuttering caused by impairments in a basal ganglia thalamo-cortical circuit involved in syllable selection and initiation. Brain and Language, 126, 263-278.

About rickyWburk

Ricky W. Burk, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a speech-language pathologist who provides in-home therapy for adolescents and adults residing in Tennessee and Mississippi who stutter. His career includes PreK, elementary, middle, and high school practice, undergraduate & graduate faculty appointments, skilled nursing, national & international consultation, private practice, and national & international speaking presentations. He holds the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and he is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. He is the ASHA Continuing Education Administrator for the National Association for Speech Fluency.
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