Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

Backwards Speech

  • We recently published a report of a family with an unusual language ability; they can voluntarily speak backwards. Genetic sequencing revealed a rare change in the genetic sequence that was only found in family members with the ability to speak backwards (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4738289/). We are characterising the effects of this coding change upon protein function to try to link the change at the genetic sequence to a neurological mechanism that might explain their exceptional memory. We are looking for additional individuals who can speak backwards.

    Research Question: Do changes in RIC3 function contribute to better working memory?

    If you can speak backwards and would like to take part in our project, get in touch! E-mail me at diannenewbury@brookes.ac.uk


    This project is in collaboration with researchers at KU Leuven, University of Novi Sad, University of Belgrade, University of Szeged, Oncology Institute of Vojvodina and with the Bermudez-Diaz lab at Brookes.

    This research is funded by a Leverhulme project grant. It has previously been funded by the MRC and by a Research Excellence Award from Brookes University.