Study: The relationship between rhythm and stammering

19th January 2021

A student from the University of Glasgow invites you to take part in her research into whether or not people who stammer perceive rhythm differently to people who don't stammer.

Background & purpose

Magda Ivok says, "Ever since I was a child I've wanted to know why I stuttered and why some techniques helped and some did not. This research topic came out of my interest in 'tapping', which is often used as a technique to improve fluency. My speech therapist suggested that I use it, and I realised that it worked in my native language, but not in English.

'My research aims to build on the recent 2015 study done by the Michigan State University, which found that children who stutter have difficulty perceiving a beat in music-like rhythms, which could account for their halting speech patterns."

What will it involve?

If you take part in the research, Magda will arrange a video call over Zoom with you. During the call, she will ask you to listen to an audio recording in English and another language and then perform several tasks related to muscle movement. It should take 45-60 minutes to complete.

How will it benefit research?

Magda says, "I hope to add a bit of knowledge and clarification on stuttering, but also demonstrate that stuttering is a complex issue and that speech therapy requires adjustments. This will hopefully also help people who stutter and who use speech therapy to gain more confidence and improve their techniques."

Who can take part?

Magda is looking for adults who stammer aged 18 to 40. 

How to take part

If you'd like to take part in the research, or find out more, please email Magda on

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