Let’s Talk: Two Canadian Stuttering Studies: What? Why? And how?

January 21, 2024, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm (EST)

Online via Zoom

Research in stuttering is essential to help us better understand potential underlying mechanisms, with the hope of improving therapy outcomes for persons who stutter. This interactive CSA Let’s Talk session will feature two studies: one taking place at the University of Toronto, and the other at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

The first study is investigating whether transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), a popular brain stimulation method, can be used to regulate the brain processes involved in executing speech and non-speech physical tasks in persons who stutter.

The second study explores the differences in synchronization to auditory rhythms that have been observed in persons who stutter to try to understand their connection with speech difficulties.

What is our current understanding of the role brain processes may have in stuttering, and how will these studies add to this information? What motivated these studies? What do the researchers hope to find? Is there any data to report? How can findings potentially contribute to stuttering management? Let’s find out together.

Meet the Researchers:

Luc DeNil
Luc DeNil

Dr. Luc De Nil is a Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto. For over 30 years he has been researching why people stutter, what role various brain processes play in the onset and maintenance of stuttering, and how clinical intervention may affect these processes.

Jonathan Cannon
Jonathan Cannon

Dr. Jonathan Cannon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, & Behaviour at McMaster University. His work focuses on the elements of rhythm perception and synchronization of movement with rhythm in the mind and brain. He is just beginning his exploration of these questions in persons who stutter with the aim of building connections that will clarify both the underlying causes of stuttering and the mechanisms supporting the human sense of rhythm.

Listen, and join the conversation on Sunday, January 21 from:

3:00 PM to 5:30 PM Eastern Time
2:00 PM to 4:30 PM Atlantic Time
12:00 PM to 2:30 PM Pacific Time

Reserve your front row seat now! Can’t make it? No problem. Register and you will be able to view a recording of the session at a more convenient time.

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