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ERIC Number: EJ998990
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-1076-9242
Spatial Orienting of Attention in Dyslexic Adults Using Directional and Alphabetic Cues
Judge, Jeannie; Knox, Paul C.; Caravolas, Marketa
Dyslexia, v19 n2 p55-75 May 2013
Spatial attention performance was investigated in adults with dyslexia. Groups with and without dyslexia completed literacy/phonological tasks as well as two spatial cueing tasks, in which attention was oriented in response to a centrally presented pictorial (arrow) or alphabetic (letter) cue. Cued response times and orienting effects were largely similar in dyslexic and nonimpaired readers. The one distinct pattern that emerged showed dyslexic adults to have smaller orienting effects in the right than left visual field for letter cues, whereas typical readers showed the opposite pattern. These smaller orienting effects appeared to characterize the dyslexic group as a whole and not only one or two individuals. Our results suggest that dyslexic adults may have a subtle impairment in orienting visual attention when processing alphabetic (but not pictorial) cues. Several interpretations of these findings are considered, including links with a phonological deficit and/or a difficulty in shifting attention in the direction of reading. (Contains 5 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale; Wide Range Achievement Test; Woodcock Reading Mastery Test