ERIC Number: EJ730891
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Symbol-String Sensitivity and Children's Reading
Pammer, Kristen; Lavis, Ruth; Hansen, Peter; Cornelissen, Piers L.
Brain and Language, v89 n3 p601-610 Jun 2004
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.
Descriptors: Dyslexia, Reading Difficulties, Word Recognition, Spatial Ability, Visual Measures, Elementary School Students, Emergent Literacy, Reading Skills
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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