Emotion Processing in Children Who do and do not Stutter

Last Updated: Thursday, August 04, 2016

Principal Investigator: Tedra A. Walden, Ph.D.

Other researchers: Hatun Zengin-Bolatkale, M.A., CCC-SLP


This is a study of developmental stuttering as well as typical early childhood speech, language and emotional development. We are investigating emotion reactivity and emotion regulation by studying the brain waves of children who stutter and children who do not stutter using non-invasive methods.

This study requires only one visit to our center, and during this visit, we will complete a series of speech, language, and hearing tests of your child and share the results with you.

Your child will also play a game in which s/he views pictures of various emotional valences, hear stories about these pictures and play a short computer game.

During the picture viewing and listening games, an EEG cap that has a dense array of soft sponges, will be placed on your child’s head to measure brain activity. This is a non-invasive, and highly safe way of measuring brain activity in young children. This visit lasts about two to three hours and your child will be compensated $30 for this visit.

Learn more at: www.childhoodstuttering.com

How to Find Us:

Our playrooms are located in the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center on the 10th floor of Medical Center East, South Tower


Use the complimentary Valet Parking in the East Garage at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Enter the East Garage from 21st Avenue, valet park, take the elevators to the 10th floor, look for the waiting room sign.

Participant Criteria

Children who do and do not stutter between 4 to 6 years of age


$30-compensation, a small toy, speech and language evaluations at no cost to you

Visit Requirements

One 2 to 3 hour visit to Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center


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Contact Information

Hatun Zengin-Bolatkale, M.A., CCC-SLP

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