Some Relationships Between Punishment, Stuttering, and Galvanic Skin Responses The simultaneous effects of response-contingent punishment on stuttering behaviors and the frequency of galvanic skin response (GSR) deflections for 10 subjects were investigated. GSRs and stuttering responses were recorded during base rate, treatment, and extinction conditions. The subjects demonstrated a 50% or greater decrease in stuttering frequency during the treatment ... Research Article
Research Article  |   June 01, 1976
Some Relationships Between Punishment, Stuttering, and Galvanic Skin Responses
 
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  • Charles G. Reed
    Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, Quebec
  • James B. Lingwall
    University of Kansas, Lawrence
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Research Article   |   June 01, 1976
Some Relationships Between Punishment, Stuttering, and Galvanic Skin Responses
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1976, Vol. 19, 197-205. doi:10.1044/jshr.1902.197
History: Received September 23, 1974 , Accepted October 28, 1975
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1976, Vol. 19, 197-205. doi:10.1044/jshr.1902.197
History: Received September 23, 1974; Accepted October 28, 1975

The simultaneous effects of response-contingent punishment on stuttering behaviors and the frequency of galvanic skin response (GSR) deflections for 10 subjects were investigated. GSRs and stuttering responses were recorded during base rate, treatment, and extinction conditions. The subjects demonstrated a 50% or greater decrease in stuttering frequency during the treatment condition. Combined data for all subjects indicated that the mean frequency of GSR deflections remained stable or declined across conditions of the study. Analysis of individual data revealed that GSR deflections during treatment as compared with base rate increased for four subjects, remained essentially the same in two subjects, and decreased for four subjects. These results suggest that experimental procedures which result in functional punishment effects on stuttering frequency may not be associated with any predictable pattern of concomitant autonomic arousal.

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