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Oblivious rapid speech?
November 5, 2011 1:31 PM   Subscribe

Name this condition: Rapid speech that the speaker is not aware of or perceives to be at "normal" speed.

I think I heard about a name for this condition on RadioLab but I'm not getting any results. This isn't cluttering or mania-induced tachylalia but simply someone who speaks rapidly without realizing it as he perceives his speech to be at the same rate as that of others. Conscious attempts to slow down are only marginally effective as what the speaker hears of himself sounds ridiculously slow at truly "normal" speeds so he inevitably speeds up again.
posted by ferdinand.bardamu to Science & Nature (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
The piece I heard on Radiolab that was similar was Slow, about a guy who hears himself as speaking normally but who actually speaks very slowly.
posted by Ery at 1:41 PM on November 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


Pressured speech?
posted by quiet coyote at 2:02 PM on November 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


RadioLab mentions something like that in the episode "Time"- the women didn't just talk fast, she experienced time differently and so had faster reflexes etc. Computer I'm on doesn't have speakers, so I can't relisten, but the comments indicate they didn't name it in the episode. Still, might give you something to go on?
posted by insufficient data at 2:09 PM on November 5, 2011


Are you looking for a technical term? Beyond tachylalia which you mention, there are semi-related phenomena like logorrhea or glossolalia, neither of which seem to exactly fit what you describe, but perhaps might serve as useful near-synonyms in your search.
posted by axiom at 2:29 PM on November 5, 2011


Cluttering?

"I don't even realise that I'm speaking above the normal speaking pace and when someone tells me that I am, I'm really surprised. I can understand what I'm saying and in my mind it is fairly steady and slow, but the people I am speaking to don't appear to share the same opinion as me and I am continually asked to slow down and repeat myself at a pace they can understand."
posted by Oxydude at 3:29 PM on November 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


RadioLab mentions something like that in the episode "Time"- the women didn't just talk fast, she experienced time differently and so had faster reflexes etc.

Yes! Argh, I even skimmed the episode but didn't hit that. Thanks.
posted by ferdinand.bardamu at 3:37 PM on November 5, 2011


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