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University of Reading study combines multiple new methods in understanding the role of visual processing in dyslexia and finds that children with dyslexia are slower to process visual information.

The study described in the article was the first to combine new methods to better understand visual processing and dyslexia. The method of the study included identifying the average direction of motion of a mass of moving dots while the participant’s (children aged 6 to 14) brain activity was measured. The results showed that children with dyslexia took longer to gather the visual evidence and with less accuracy than their peers without dyslexia. The results also found behavioral differences reflected in differences in brain activity.

The study suggests a link between visual processing and dyslexia. While the causes of this link are not yet clear, a better understanding of the role of visual processing in dyslexia may help to improve existing interventions to support children with dyslexia.