Theory in the Balance One major way of putting into view the scientific progress in an area of research is by examining the theoretical currents that help to organize the data and to guide future experiments. Research in speech production has been shaped by several different theories, but three in particular have had a ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2008
Theory in the Balance
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  • Ray D. Kent
    Department of Communicative Disorders and The Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
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Article   |   July 01, 2008
Theory in the Balance
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, July 2008, Vol. 18, 15-21. doi:10.1044/ssod18.1.15
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, July 2008, Vol. 18, 15-21. doi:10.1044/ssod18.1.15
Abstract

One major way of putting into view the scientific progress in an area of research is by examining the theoretical currents that help to organize the data and to guide future experiments. Research in speech production has been shaped by several different theories, but three in particular have had a profound influence: general motor program theory, dynamic systems theory, and internal models. This paper discusses how these three theories evolved and influenced contemporary conceptions of how speech production is controlled.

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