Foreign Accent Syndrome: The medical mystery leaving analysts stumped | 60 Minutes Australia-Bestsmmpanel

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At first it sounds so unbelievable it’s laugh-out-loud funny, but this story is certainly no joke. Foreign Accent Syndrome is an extremely rare and baffling condition that affects the way people speak. One moment they’re completely normal, the next they’re talking as if they were born and raised in another country. Sarah Abo meets two Australian women who unexpectedly started speaking in accents that suggested they’d spent all their lives in Ireland. For years, FAS has left experts scratching their heads, but that could finally be changing with a Sydney neuroscientist trying to unlock the secrets of this strange syndrome by using state of the art technology to map what’s going on inside the brain. It’s very welcome news for those who are struggling to recognise the sound of their own voice.

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