Do stutterers always stutter? Not really

One’s perception of being heard by others might be as important as their speech motor system, a study suggests

March 3, 2022
A silhouette of a boy with an stuttering animated baloon text.
People who stutter may have different types of disfluencies, including repetition or repeating parts of words. [Credit: Kharishar Kahfi]

What do Tiger Woods, Michelle Williams and President Joe Biden all have in common? Like around 3 million people in the United States, they are all people who stutter.

Stuttering commonly develops around childhood and most people stop stuttering by the time they reach adulthood. However, stuttering persists for some adults and researchers haven’t been able to figure out why. But findings from a recent study may get them one step closer to finding out: Adults don’t stutter when they talk alone.

Join Scienceline reporter Kharishar Kahfi as he learns more about the communication disorder and what the new discovery adds to the field of stuttering research.

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About the Author

Kharishar Kahfi

Kharishar Kahfi was born and raised in Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta and has been interested in science and journalism since he was a boy. He combined those interests by reporting on environment and science issues. When not on deadline, he spends time with comics, video games and laundry.


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