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Stuttering research using brain scan technology

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Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy (MRS) is a diagnostic test for measuring biochemical changes in the brain. An MRS scan is conducted on the same machine used for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). It provides chemical information on metabolites (brain chemicals), and gives more information about the tissues of the human body, and not just the structure.

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My awesome trip to the Nordic Stuttering Seminar

Rossi tripI've been attending and participating in Canadian and American stuttering conferences for seven years and was always eager to check out conferences in other countries. That opportunity came up when my friend, Anita Blom, told me about the Nordic Stuttering Seminar 2016 taking place in Finland from September 2 to the 4th, that included a trip to Estonia.

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So much better than I thought…

When my mom told me that I was going to the Canadian Stuttering Association (CSA) conference, I wasn’t excited at all. I thought it would be one of those stereotypical conventions - just talking and boring games, but it wasn’t.

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Creating Our Own Ideals

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Early on in life we start to develop ideals about the world, how we envision our future, how our life is going to be. As we mature, those ideals can start to change. Sometimes our stuttering impacts these ideals. It challenges our beliefs, our wants and can change the path in life we choose to take. This is not necessarily a bad thing – it means we have changed our ideal of "normal".

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Why won't Siri listen?

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Voice recognition systems promise a hands free world. Want to check the weather? Just ask Siri. Want to know the time in Vancouver, she can tell you that too. But, this widespread technology, which can be found in smart phones, TVs (and who knows maybe even washing machines one day!), is not all inclusive.

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