Sunday, April 11, 2010

Mark: Anything for Science

In a 1992 article in the Journal of Fluency Disorders, Charles Van Riper told of how he and fellow graduate student Wendell Johnson served as experimental white rats at the University of Iowa during the early 1930s.

"Our brain waves were checked; needles were inserted into our tongues and the nervous impulses recorded on the smoked drum of a kymograph; we took various drugs - cocaine, hashish, mescaline to see how they would affect our speech."

Now there's some interesting research. Not the needles in the tongue part - the other stuff.


Ora said...


There's an article in yesterday's New York Times reporting that doctors and scientists are again testing psychedelic drugs for treatment psychological/neurological conditions, such as depression, OCD, PTSD, anxiety. See

Maybe stuttering?

Mark B. said...

Not for me, at least.