The Effect of Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation on the Disfluency of Nonstutterers The purpose of the study was to ascertain whether nonstutterers, like stutterers, become more fluent when pacing their speech with a metronome. Each of 20 adult male nonstutterers read four different passages. Two of the passages were read at their normal rate and two were read with a metronome at ... Research Article
Research Article  |   June 01, 1971
The Effect of Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation on the Disfluency of Nonstutterers
 
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  • Franklin H. Silverman
    University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
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Research Articles
Research Article   |   June 01, 1971
The Effect of Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation on the Disfluency of Nonstutterers
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1971, Vol. 14, 350-355. doi:10.1044/jshr.1402.350
History: Received February 3, 1970
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1971, Vol. 14, 350-355. doi:10.1044/jshr.1402.350
History: Received February 3, 1970

The purpose of the study was to ascertain whether nonstutterers, like stutterers, become more fluent when pacing their speech with a metronome. Each of 20 adult male nonstutterers read four different passages. Two of the passages were read at their normal rate and two were read with a metronome at one word per beat. Based upon the number of disfluencies observed in each condition, it appears not only that nonstutterers become more fluent when pacing their speech with a metronome, but also that the degree to which they become more fluent is within the range which has been reported for stutterers. This finding provides additional support for the argument recently advanced by several investigators that the effect of the metronome on stuttering is not primarily a result of distraction, at least in the way distraction has been traditionally defined.

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