Sensory theories of developmental dyslexia: three challenges for research.


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Recent years have seen the publication of a range of new theories suggesting that the basis of dyslexia might be sensory dysfunction. In this Opinion article, the evidence for and against several prominent sensory theories of dyslexia is closely scrutinized. Contrary to the causal claims being made, my analysis suggests that many proposed sensory deficits might result from the effects of reduced reading experience on the dyslexic brain. I therefore suggest that longitudinal studies of sensory processing, beginning in infancy, are required to successfully identify the neural basis of developmental dyslexia. Such studies could have a powerful impact on remediation.

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Keywords
Afferent Pathways, Biomedical Research, Dyslexia, Humans, Perception, Sensation Disorders
Journal Title
Nat Rev Neurosci
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Journal ISSN
1471-003X
1471-0048
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16
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Nature Publishing Group
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Medical Research Council (G0400574)
Medical Research Council (G0902375)