Why singing helps people with speech disorders – it’s about the rhythm not the tune

Source: Daily Mail

It was a technique that therapist Lionel Logue used to help George VI, as shown in The King’s Speech – now scientists have discovered why singing is so effective at treating a stammer.

Surprisingly it has nothing to do with the melody but instead is based on the rhythm, say scientists at the Max Planck Institute in Germany.

Researchers found that highly familiar song lyrics and formulaic phrases expressed rhythmically had a strong impact on articulation – regardless of whether they were sung or spoken.

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