Why Can Gabby Giffords Sing When She Still Struggles to Speak?

Doctors love to study people with brain injuries because it gives them new insights into how that squishy stuff in our skulls works.

In the case of Gabrielle Giffords, the congresswoman who survived a bullet wound to the head, researchers are fascinated by her brain’s relationship between speech and singing.  While she still struggles to form words–she can only speak two or three words at a time and speaking in full sentences is tough–she sings just fine.

Click on the image to watch this video from NBC’s Today Show and to read more about how speaking is different from singing.

Gabrielle Gifford

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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