Paws on Science

Paws on Science
SPHSC Researchers and Students Promote Healthy Voices and Speech Motor Control at Paws on Science

Faculty and students from Speech and Hearing Sciences were among more than 30 research groups from the UW who shared their research with families and school groups at the annual Paws on Science weekend at the Pacific Science Center in April. “How Dawgs Bark or How We Talk” was the exhibit cosponsored by Speech and Hearing Sciences, Rehabilitation Medicine and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Tanya Eadie (Speech and Hearing) and Dr. Carolyn Baylor (Rehabilitation Medicine) led a group of 26 SPHSC student volunteers who talked to families and school groups about the anatomy and physiology of voice and healthy voice practices. Video, audio and electrolaryngeal demonstrations were highlights of the exhibit. An audio demonstration featuring the bark of Dubs, the Husky mascot, was especially popular.

Dr. Ludo Max's Laboratory for Speech Physiology and Motor Control participated in Paws-on Science with an exhibit on "How Do Our Brains and Muscles Communicate?" Members of the lab explained how the brain learns movement patterns for speech and limb movements, as well as the possible consequences when the brain has difficulty learning the correct movements, as is the case in stuttering. Children were able to hear their own speech turned into “dinosaur speech”, and adults were able to complete motor learning tasks with altered auditory feedback for speaking or altered visual feedback for arm movements.

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