Plant in Hand

Research indicates dyslexia may help people adapt to climate change.

A World Economic Forum article outlines how skills learned through dyslexia can help humans adapt to climate change. The article explains a new theory of human cognition: complementary cognition. This theory is rooted in the idea that humans evolved to specialize in different yet complementary ways of processing information. The research for this theory suggests that people with dyslexia are specialized in exploring the unknown rather than relying on pre-existing knowledge.

This specialization associated with dyslexia is important in regard to climate change as it may allow humans to adapt to the changing environment. The article also states that a large portion of the people working in sustainability have dyslexia.

Overall the article suggests that redesigning our existing systems to include complementary cognition so that groups are able to collaborate successfully could help humans adapt and solve sustainability issues both faster and more effectively.