Thursday, June 9, 2011

The arm bone's connected to the...mouth?

If you train better arm movement, you get better speech. It might have to do with the fact that the hand and mouth control centers on the brain sit next to each other. It might also have to do with the fact that humans probably used hand gestures before we used speech so the two are probably linked in very basic ways.

Click here for a synopsis of this phenomenon from our lab.


Geoff H said...

Devices such as the Tailwind arm rehabilitation device can help with the process of arm rehabilitation after a stroke. It is designed to increase arm motion through bilateral arm exercises.

Peter G Levine said...

Geoff, There's already a link for the Tailwind on the sidebar! Its been there for months! I also mention BATRAC in my book! Yay!

Geoff H said...

I don't see this link! Anyway, it never hurts to remind people :)

Peter G Levine said...

Geoff, yes, you're right, I've taken all those links down... I did it just the other day.

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