1. Small 'step' or sinusoidal displacements were imposed on the mandible while human subjects maintained an average biting force of 10 N. Phase-related changes in the force resisting sinusoidal displacement were used to determine the mechanical stiffness of the human mandibular system as a function of the frequency of stretching. 2. Jaw-muscle… (More)
Language-disordered children were presented with two types of commands in a sentence comprehension task. One 3-sec pause was placed at the same syntactic boundary in one-half of the sentences in Set I and Set II. Results indicate that the subjects' performance improved as a function of the pause in Sentence Set II but not in Sentence Set I.
This research represents part of a series of investigations into the function of mechanoreceptor feedback in lip motor control for speech. In the present study, precise mechanical stretches were applied to subjects' lips while they held the firing frequency of a given single motor unit relatively constant using audio and visual feedback. Preliminary data… (More)