Acute stress reduces speech fluency.

  title={Acute stress reduces speech fluency.},
  author={Tony W. Buchanan and Jacqueline Laures-Gore and Melissa C. Duff},
  journal={Biological psychology},
People often report word-finding difficulties and other language disturbances when put in a stressful situation. There is, however, scant empirical evidence to support the claim that stress affects speech productivity. To address this issue, we measured speech and language variables during a stressful Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) as well as during a less stressful "placebo" TSST (Het et al., 2009). Compared to the non-stressful speech, participants showed higher word productivity during the… CONTINUE READING
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