Date of Award
Master of Science
Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Speech Pathology and Audiology
Dr. Charles Van Riper
Dr. Charles Brown
Dr. William Pavlik
Dr. William Reynolds
Masters Thesis-Open Access
When stuttering behavior is viewed as a problem in learning, the phenomenon of adaptation frequently receives attention. A standard adaptation experiment consists of having the person who stutters re-read the same passage, or a passage of equal difficulty, a specified number of times. Under these conditions a relative reduction1 in stuttering frequency usually occurs. Experimentalists and clinicians alike have long been puzzled as to why this decrement takes place, since stuttering is generally considered by many writers2,3 as a self-reinforcing disorder; that is, stuttering produces more stuttering.
The present experiment was designed to investigate the effects, if any, or response-defined anxiety or test-defined anxiety in stuttering adaptation.
Agnello, "The Effects of Manifest Anxiety on Stuttering Adaptation" (1958). Master's Theses. 4584.