Welcome to life noggin!
Oh, I’m baby Blocko now!
Talking with other people is
pretty important to a lot of my friends
out there in the human world.
It’s how many of you communicate with each other
from meeting up face to face to talking over the phone.
But every now and then, I wonder
about what if suddenly one day you couldn’t speak any more.
Could something like that ever happen?
Well, let’s start with how a person talks
in the first place.
In order for you to speak,
your brain needs to be able to quickly move
everything from your lips and your jaw
to your tongue and your voice box
and it’s not just one single area in your brain
that’s in charge of all this.
A recent study has found that
speech sounds seem to come from coordinator mortar patterns,
involving multiple parts of your brain,
so it’s a team effort.
Wu, go team! But sometimes there are
things in life that can put on your ability to speak on the sidelines.
Like with what happens with Aphasia.
Aphasia is a disorder in which damage to part of your brain,
often on the left side impairs your ability to talk
and even understand what other people are saying.
It can also affect your ability to read and write.
This condition can occur suddenly,
usually after something like a stroke,
But it can also happen from things like a brain tumor or
a severe blow to the head.
They are different types of Aphasias
and different levels of how much they can affect your speech
from difficulty repeating words to have in trouble naming objects.
But the most severe form is called Global Aphasia.
In these cases,
your verbal communication abilities are extremely limited.
You might only be able to understand a tiny bit of what other people are saying
if anything at all and you might not be able to speak
any recognizable words back.
People with this condition also typically can’t read or write.
So if you were to get Aphasia,
especially it’s a Global Aphasia,
it’s possible that waking up one day
and not having the ability to effectively speak any more.
And aphasia is not the only thing that
could take away your ability to speak like you used to.
There is also a psychogenic aphonia,
where you can have vocal loss that thought to stand for psychological factors.
But with either of these conditions,
it looks like there are ways to overcome them,
at least to some degree.
Patients with Aphasia can have speech language there be sections to
improve their ability to communicate and
study on psychogenic aphonia
has shown that people can usually make a
full recovery of their voice
after not speaking for a while.
In the study,
researchers looked at 22 psychogenic aphonia patients and
found that 21 of them regain their ability to speak
after about vocal loss had ranged from an anverage of couple of months
to about 3 years
So, you might lose your voice for some time.
But at least in those cases,
it looks like you can get it back.
Now, if you were used to talking and suddenly
one day couldn’t any more,
you might not be able to do things
as well as you could before.
That’s because when you perform a task,
it’s common to say what you are doing outloud.
Basically giving yourself verbal instructions on what to do,
turns out that’s pretty helpful.
In the 2012 study,
researchers looked at how we person perform down task
when they were given instructions to either
suddenly read to themselves
versa when they read instructions out loud.
They found that saying instructions out loud improved the
the person’s performance over when the tasks were done in silence.
They also found that relevant verbal instructions
boost your concentration on task goals
when you’re doing multiple things.
So there might be more to think about
than just losing your ability to speak,
if you have a condition like Aphasia
or psychogenic aphonia.
Have you ever known someone with any of these conditions?
Let me know in the comment section below or tell us
what should we talk about next?
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that never went away?
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on one or both sides of your head.
As always, my name is Blocko.
This has been Lifenoggin!
to keep on thinking!