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Symbol-string sensitivity and children's reading

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Kristen Pammer, Ruth Lavis, Dr Piers Cornelissen


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In this study of primary school children, a novel 'symbol-string' task is used to assess sensitivity to the position of briefly presented non-alphabetic but letter-like symbols. The results demonstrate that sensitivity in the symbol-string task explains a unique proportion of the variability in children's contextual reading accuracy. Moreover, developmental dyslexic readers show reduced sensitivity in this task, compared to chronological age controls. The results suggest that limitations set by visuo-spatial processes and/or attentional iconic memory resources may constrain children's reading accuracy. © 2004 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Pammer K, Lavis R, Hansen P, Cornelissen PL

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Brain and Language

Year: 2004

Volume: 89

Issue: 3

Pages: 601-610

ISSN (print): 0093-934X

ISSN (electronic): 1090-2155

Publisher: Academic Press


DOI: 10.1016/j.bandl.2004.01.009

PubMed id: 15120551


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