Foreign accent syndrome (FAS) refers to the condition where damage to the areas of the brain responsible for speech, results in persons developing what might seem to be a foreign accent. For victims of FAS, the coordination of the muscles used for speaking is disrupted and this causes changes in speech rhythm, tongue position as well as the pronunciation of vowels and consonants. The video above introduces us to 3 women whose professional and social lives have been severely affected by this rare mental disorder.
Abnormal behavior, such as “punching yourself in the face,” may appear symptomatic of aggression but could actually stem from an unusual neurological impairment. Professing to taste colors or speaking in a foreign accent may lead to a referral to a psychiatrist but these behaviors can actually result from rare brain disorders, sometimes genetically acquired, but most often manifesting as a result of trauma or disease. Continue reading