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Volunteers Sought for Study on Stuttering

09/21/2010 

SUNY Cortland’s Communication Disorders and Sciences Department is looking for adults, ranging in age from 18 to 70 years, who stutter to participate in a research study.

The study will be conducted by Irena Vincent, Communication Disorders and Sciences Department, and senior Michaela Granato of Auburn, N.Y. Granato received funding from the Undergraduate Research Council for a summer fellowship research project.

The research findings will enhance the present understanding of the nature of stuttering and help direct further investigation of the relationship between language processes and stuttering.

“The fellowship has provided me the opportunity for hands-on experience doing research in a field that I hope to pursue after graduation,” said Granato. “Getting the word out to the community that we are looking for adults who stutter is key to this project’s success.”

Participation requires about two hours and will take place at the department’s office located at 60 Tompkins St., Cortland.

Subjects will complete a questionnaire, have their stuttering assessed, and will perform three experimental tasks which involve viewing various pictures and pushing a button in response to the pictures.

Individuals who meet the inclusion criteria and complete the study will receive compensation for their time and participation.

This study has been approved by SUNY Cortland’s Institutional Review Board and it expires on April 25, 2011. It is supported by the Research and Sponsored Programs Office.

To participate or for more information, contact Vincent at (607) 753-2536.