Naomi Hertsberg Rodgers awarded Delta Center Grant
Naomi Hertsberg Rodgers won one of four interdisciplinary grants given by the Delta Center. Her project is entitled "Temperament, cognitive bias, and perceived communication difficulty among adolescents who stutter," and her mentors are Tricia Zebrowski (Communication Sciences and Disorders), Teresa Treat (Psychological and Brain Sciences) and Bob McMurray (Psychological and Brain Sciences)
Project Abstract: Although adolescents who stutter are at increased risk for developing social anxiety, the cognitive mechanisms underlying this psychosocial vulnerability are not understood. This study will investigate individual and group differences in attentional bias towards threatening social stimuli and bias towards threat-based interpretations of ambiguous social situations among adolescents who stutter and their typically fluent peers. This project will inform our understanding of the complex relationship between stuttering and social anxiety vulnerability, and will inform future intervention efforts in this area.