The science behind stammering

Colin Firth in the King's Speech

Stammering is a funny old thing. While now it would be generously grouped under the ‘disability’ umbrella, for a long time many saw it as a sign of stupidity, and a funny trait that got a cheap laugh. But since the King’s Speech came out in January things have seemingly got better (despite that stupid Comic Relief sketch, which undid all its good work).

So I went to find out more about stammering, and what can be done to help those who lives are fundamentally affected by it.

George Wigmore is an editor of Refractive Index, and is studying for an MSc in Science Communication at Imperial College, London.

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