A Comparison of the Reaction Times of Stutterers and Nonstutterers to Items on a Word Association Test Reaction times to words judged as neutral or as connoting joy, guilt, depression, fear, or aggression were measured in 30 male stutterers between 18 and 45 years of age and in a matched group of 30 normal speakers. Reaction time was utilized as the index of affective disturbance.Stutterers had significantly ... Research Article
Research Article  |   June 1965
A Comparison of the Reaction Times of Stutterers and Nonstutterers to Items on a Word Association Test
 
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  • Doris A. Dietze
    Veterans Administration Hospital, Seattle, Washington
  • © 1965 American Speech-Language-Hearing AssociationAmerican Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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Research Article   |   June 1965
A Comparison of the Reaction Times of Stutterers and Nonstutterers to Items on a Word Association Test
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1965, Vol. 8, 195-202. doi:10.1044/jshr.0802.195
History: Received January 20, 1965
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1965, Vol. 8, 195-202. doi:10.1044/jshr.0802.195
History: Received January 20, 1965

Reaction times to words judged as neutral or as connoting joy, guilt, depression, fear, or aggression were measured in 30 male stutterers between 18 and 45 years of age and in a matched group of 30 normal speakers. Reaction time was utilized as the index of affective disturbance.

Stutterers had significantly greater mean latency for all words, and especially for certain affect-connoting items, particularly those pertaining to guilt.

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