Psychophysiology of childhood stuttering: Cognitive-emotional mechanisms

Principal Investigator: Robin Michael Jones, Ph.D.


This is a study of developmental stuttering as well as typical early childhood speech, language and emotional development. The study consists of 2 visits that take about 1 1/2 to 2 hours per visit.

Each child will receive a complete speech and language assessment and we will tell parents what we learned about their child’s speech and language abilities. Any necessary information about what to do next to help the child’s language development will be shared with parents.

Children can either have suspected stuttering or no concern about stuttering. Children also must have no other known speech, language or hearing problems as well as no known physical or mental disabilities.

The parent(s) and the child will participate in the following videotaped procedures: speech and language tests presented in a fun, game-like manner, play-based conversations, looking at pictures, listening to short descriptions of pictures, playing a computer game, and other games with a friendly researcher. While playing the computer games, your child will wear a soft hair net with sponges (to collect brain activity) and “stickers” with sensors (to measure heart rate and sweat). You and the experimenter(s) would be present during these activities.

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 not stutter between 3 to 6 years of age


$40-compensation per visit (total of 2 visits), a small toy, and a speech-language evaluation at no cost to you

Visit Requirements

Two 2 hour visits to the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center


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Contact Information

Stuttering lab

Last Updated: Monday, March 19, 2018

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