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Ultrasonic whistle in mice bypasses vocal cords

mouseVANCOUVER, Wash. – Researchers at Washington State University Vancouver have discovered that mice make ultrasonic sounds by using their windpipes as whistles, avoiding the use of their vocal cords entirely. This has implications for studies of the human brain and speech. » More …

Oct. 14: Workshop to support young adults with autism

By Doug Nadvornick, College of Medicine

autismSPOKANE, Wash. – A conference focused on supporting young adults with autism will be 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at the Center for Clinical Research and Simulation (formerly the South Campus Facility) at Washington State University Spokane. » More …

Summer camp hosts difficult-to-understand children

By Doug Nadvornick, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

SPOKANE, Wash. – Children and parents from as far away as Texas and Canada are attending camp this week at Washington State University Spokane where the kids will work intently on their speech and language skills. » More …

Oct. 6: Forum features panel of people living with dystonia

By Doug Nadvornick, College of Medicine

Potter-80SPOKANE, Wash. – The overwhelming response from students to guest speakers with dystonia has inspired an associate professor at Washington State University Spokane to organize a forum about the puzzling muscle disorder. » More …

WSU researcher receives grant to build family audio database

By Doug Nadvornick, College of Medical Sciences

VanDam-80SPOKANE, Wash. – Computer, speech and cognitive sciences will benefit from audio recordings of children’s communications that will be compiled into a database with funding from a National Science Foundation grant. » More …

We can help Parkinson’s patients speak up

By Lael Henterly of the Spokane Inlander

Parkinson's-speech-detailSPOKANE, Wash. – A device to counter effects of Parkinson’s disease is under construction in the office of Washington State University Spokane researcher Mark VanDam. It costs under $50. » More …

Research helps address state requirement for tribal education

honoringtriballegaciesSPOKANE, Wash. – Shortly after Washington’s governor signed a law in May requiring Native American history, culture and government to be taught in state schools, a curriculum designed in part by a Washington State University educator debuted to help K-12 teachers meet the need. » More …

By avoiding baby talk, dads may help kids acquire language

From the Acoustical Society of America

child-research-cropSPOKANE, Wash. – In an era of shifting parental roles and increased involvement, researchers from Washington State University are investigating whether fathers modify their speech in the same way as mothers when talking to their children. This is the first study that has examined fathers’ verbal interactions with their children in a real-world setting using automatic data processing. » More …