YCDC Directors’ Note: This small but important study reaffirms the centrality of difficulties with the sounds of spoken language in dyslexia. We already know that dyslexia impacts output — word retrieval in spoken language; now, this new study shows that the faulty phonological representations in dyslexia also impact input — recognition of the incoming spoken language (voice). In both input and output difficulties it is the stored fuzzy phonemes that are the culprit.
This study also cleaves perception of spoken language from meaning, showing that it is the sounds of the spoken language that are impaired and not the meaning that is problematic for dyslexics.
From the New York Times:
Scientists have come to believe that the reading difficulties of dyslexia are part of a larger puzzle: a problem with how the brain processes speech and puts together words from smaller units of sound. Read More