The King’s Speech: George VI Podcast

We are very excited to welcome Vanessa Grass to co-host this very special episode of ULTC! Vanessa is a science communicator who founded Neuroscience Theater, a multimedia project making prominent and emerging neuroscience research fun, entertaining, and accessible to a lay-person audience by examining the neuroscience behind mainstream movies and pop culture. With a lifelong passion for the arts, storytelling, and movies, Vanessa has also followed several academic pursuits, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Rochester, a Master’s of Science in Data Science from the University of New Haven, and most recently, a Master’s of Science in Cognitive Neuroscience from the City University of New York, where she researched the effects of traumatic brain injury. She currently works as a freelance copywriter creative strategist in NYC, with a focus on medical, health, and wellness related content and storytelling.

Our fabulous guest and the brain behind Neuroscience Theater, Vanessa Grass!

After connecting on Twitter, we wanted to join forces with Vanessa to talk about the neuroscience behind the Oscar-winning film “The King’s Speech”. We discuss King George’s reign, Colin Firth’s performance, what you probably don’t know about the neurobiology of stuttering and why a king with a speech impediment was so groundbreaking.

Plus: It’s time for Prince William to get on TikTok. Are left handers serial killers? We do not need an “Avatar” sequel. Our first f bomb.

Thanks for joining us and remember to subscribe and leave a review on your podcast platform of choice!

If you would like to read more about George or the neuroscience of stuttering, check out some of our key sources for more information:

What Neuroscientists Are Discovering About Stuttering

Stuttering Stems from Problems in Brain Wiring, Not Personalities

The Real King’s Speech

King George VI: The Man Behind The King’s Speech

What is Stuttering?

The SpeechEasy device in stuttering and nonstuttering adults: fluency effects while speaking and reading

Transcranial direct current stimulation over left inferior frontal cortex improves speech fluency in adults who stutter

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