Tuesday, April 25, 2006


Oren aka The JellyFishKiller has sent me an article describing a cure for stuttering. I have tried it, and it works very well!!!!! So this is going to be my last post.

Here is the screenshot of the article (author is Hazle Geniesse, University of Michigan)

(Credit goes to Oren's labmate Jay Bohland (http://cns.bu.edu/~jbohland). The article was published in 1935: Science, New Series, Vol. 82, No. 2135 (Nov. 29, 1935), p.518 )


jellyfishkiller said...

Credit goes to my labmate Jay Bohland (http://cns.bu.edu/~jbohland). Also, notice that the article was published in 1935: Science, New Series, Vol. 82, No. 2135 (Nov. 29, 1935), p.518

Anonymous said...

Hehe. I hope they don't except us to bark as well!

Seriously though: it's probably mainly because you don't focus on your speech while trying to move on all fours. And we all know that it goes the most fluent when we don't think about it in the first place.

But speaking of weird phenomenons: The one that really intrigues me most is that not hearing yourself (your voice) boosts the fluency.

(added: lol, I saw the first comment now. 1935! The scientists were quite sophisticated at the time ;))

John MacIntyre said...

Hey Tom,

Maybe you should add this solution to your on cost benefit devils post. ;-)

If the exercise takes 5 minutes, would you do it?
If the exercise takes 15 minutes, would you do it?
If the exercise takes 30 minutes, would you do it?
If the exercise takes 1 hour, would you do it?
If the exercise takes 2 hours, would you do it?
If you have to crawl around like a dog all day, would you do it?

Too funny!

fluentsoul said...

LOL . . . thanks for the info! Okay, I'm all set for my next job interview! Except I have to figure out if I should STAY on all fours, or rise every time I've finished answering a question.

Einar said...

Hehe, I've never seen a stuttering dog (or horse, or ape, or sheep or...), now I know why... Excellent, back to nature!!

Unknown said...

Interestingly, if I am dictating notes into my tape recorder (hand held), I stutter because of the stress of knowing I have to read it back...BUT, if I put the notes on a chair and then BEND OVER to read them...my stutter disappears. (I also notice on playback that my voice is higher because my larynx is now forced, by gravity, to slide and rest more towards my head.

mario said...

Neurolinguistic Programming

In the early 1970s in America Richard Bandler, then a young college student studied the work of Fritz Perls and later Virginia Satir and found that he could reproduce their high-level therapy skills to a degree that even surprised him. Bandler seemed to have a natural ability to mimic (model) the language patterns by Virginia and Fritz.

At the University of California at Santa Cruz, Bandler who was well versed in the teachings of patterns in mathematics and computers teamed up with a college professor, John Grinder to help him understand the processes that were at work. Soon Bandler and Grinder, who used what he knew about patterns in linguistics, created a new model for personal growth called NeuroLinguistic Programming.

Bandler and Grinder had set out to model the hypnotic skills of Milton Erickson. They had astounding results. They built a communication model about human "thinking" and "processing" and used that model of how we see images, hear sounds, reproduces smells and tactile experiences in our mind to track and model the structure of subjective experiences.

Sounds very complicated but really it works very simply. Here is an example as used by Paul McKenna - probably the best & most successful hypnotist in the world.

Close your eyes and think of a negative memory. Become involved in the situation as best as you can. Feel the emotions that you felt, see the things you saw and hear the things you heard.

Now take that memory and project it onto a mental screen seeing yourself in the picture. Put a frame around the picture and view it as if it is an old photograph. Next drain all the colour from the picture and shrink the screen to the size of a matchbox.

Have the feelings associated with the picture decreased in any way?

Another good example of NLP involves Anchors. Have you ever smelt a certain perfume or aftershave and had it remind you of a certain person or situation? Gone to a certain place that brings feelings long forgotten flooding back? Or been in any situation that creates emotional responses that would not normally be associated with it? Well if you can answer yes to any of these then you have experienced anchors. Some anchors are associated with positive feelings and some with negative emotions. However, you should be aware that anchors can be consciously installed or already existing ones altered. Here is an example:

Think of a time when you were really happy. If you can't think of one then imagine something that would make you feel really happy. See what you would see, hear what you would hear and feel what you would feel. Really get into the picture and try to experience it as though it were happening now.

Now brighten the colours and make them richer. Increase the volume. Make the picture bigger, brighter, louder. That's it and more and more....

Now press your first finger against your thumb and fully experience your happy feelings. Do this everyday for 2 weeks and you will create an anchor that will instantly recreate these feelings. Whenever you want to feel like that again just press your thumb and first finger together and wham the feelings will come flooding back! Don't believe me? Just try it and see!!! personal development