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Dyslexia: a deficit in visuo-spatial attention, not in phonological processing

Vidyasagar, Trichur; Pammer, Kristen


Developmental dyslexia affects up to 10 per cent of the population and it is important to understand its causes. It is widely assumed that phonological deficits, that is, deficits in how words are sounded out, cause the reading difficulties in dyslexia. However, there is emerging evidence that phonological problems and the reading impairment both arise from poor visual (i.e., orthographic) coding. We argue that attentional mechanisms controlled by the dorsal visual stream help in serial...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Trends in Cognitive Sciences
DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2009.12.003


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