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What are the long term effects of reading and talking out loud and while you can't hear the actual sound?

Reading aloud increases your memory retention via the the production effect. But that increase in retention is based upon a self referential auditory input. If you remove that characteristic it will not yield the same results.

This makes me wonder if cutting yourself off from that auditory input while still saying the words out loud has any negative impact on memory retention or any other aspects of the brain.

Are you disassociating the way your brain makes a connection between the spoken speech and the expected auditory input you would normally associate to it? Would making this a continual process have detrimental long term effects on your brain creating a mild form of auditory processing disorder?

Or would it yield positive results in the respect that you would be training your brain in such a manner to essentially "think harder" during this process, thereby increasing memory retention?

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  • $\begingroup$ How would you cut off the auditory input? $\endgroup$ – Bryan Krause Apr 17 at 20:39
  • $\begingroup$ Specifically listening to music on headphones so you are unable to hear yourself speaking. $\endgroup$ – McWayWeb Apr 17 at 21:27
  • $\begingroup$ Headphones do not block your own speaking due to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bone_conduction $\endgroup$ – Bryan Krause Apr 20 at 15:54
  • $\begingroup$ ...if there is music playing in them while you are speaking it prevents you from hearing the spoken words though. $\endgroup$ – McWayWeb Apr 21 at 0:00
  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to psych.SE. I'm concerned about this question being too vague and open-ended. Headphones would cut you off from all external sound, not just speech, confounding any useful conclusions. For example, completely deaf people are cut off from their speech all the time, but whatever effect this has cannot easily be differentiated from the effect of being cut off from all sound. Conversely, the time spent without headphones could undo any effect headphones have, so without knowing what effects to look for, I don't see how the question can be answered authoritatively as-is. $\endgroup$ – Arnon Weinberg Apr 26 at 4:20

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