Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Shut up or go to sleep!

This piece of research gives interesting insights into the learning process, which might be helpful for learning speech techniques more efficiently. Two conclusions I would draw. First, you should take a nap after an intense practise. Second, you should avoid at all costs performing conflicting behavior (like using "anti-speech techniques") after practise. For example, you practise hard and then take a break and do not focus on technique while speaking. It is probably much better to just shut up for a few hours (at least 1 hour, actually a nap would do the same thing), or practise in the evening and go to bed because then you don't speak for 9 hours!

This research shows nicely that we might be able to improve behavioural stuttering therapy not by learning about stuttering but by learning more about learning in general.

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