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Developmental dyslexia is characterized by an unexpected difficulty in reading in children and adults who otherwise possess the intelligence and motivation considered necessary for accurate and fluent reading. Recent advances in imaging technology provide the potential for elucidating a biological signature for reading and reading disability.
Bennett A. Shaywitz, M.D. is a leader in applying functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to understand the neurobiology of reading and dyslexia in children and adults. These studies identify a neural signature for dyslexia, making a previously hidden disability visible, and for the first time demonstrate the brain basis for the accommodation of extra time needed by dyslexic readers on high-stakes standardized tests. Shaywitz is currently using fMRI to investigate attentional mechanisms in dyslexia.
Our research group uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine the brain organization for reading including:
- Identification and localization of specific systems;
- Differences in good and poor readers;
- Computational role of each system;
- Plasticity, i.e., response to intervention;
- Types of reading disability.
Specialized Terms: Neurobiology of Reading & Dyslexia; Attentional Mechanisms in reading
Extensive Research Description
Studies in progress:
- Development of automatic reading systems
- Attentional mechanisms in reading and reading disability
- Neural systems for math and math disability in children
- Influence of specific reading interventions on specific neural systems
- Magnetic resonance spectroscopy in reading disability
- Connecticut Longitudinal Study at adulthood
- Genetic studies of reading disability
- Neural systems in the development of adolescent literacy.
Paying attention to reading: the neurobiology of reading and dyslexia.
Shaywitz SE, Shaywitz BA. Paying attention to reading: the neurobiology of reading and dyslexia. Development And Psychopathology 2008, 20:1329-49. 2008
The education of dyslexic children from childhood to young adulthood.
Shaywitz SE, Morris R, Shaywitz BA. The education of dyslexic children from childhood to young adulthood. Annual Review Of Psychology 2008, 59:451-75. 2008
Longitudinal models of developmental dynamics between reading and cognition from childhood to adolescence.
Ferrer E, McArdle JJ, Shaywitz BA, Holahan JM, Marchione K, Shaywitz SE. Longitudinal models of developmental dynamics between reading and cognition from childhood to adolescence. Developmental Psychology 2007, 43:1460-73. 2007
A case of less than meets the eye.
Shaywitz BA, Ferrer E, Shaywitz SE. A case of less than meets the eye. Annals Of Neurology 2007, 62:109-11. 2007