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ERIC Number: EJ1006451
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0093-934X
Diffusion Tensor Imaging Correlates of Reading Ability in Dysfluent and Non-Impaired Readers
Lebel, Catherine; Shaywitz, Bennett; Holahan, John; Shaywitz, Sally; Marchione, Karen; Beaulieu, Christian
Brain and Language, v125 n2 p215-222 May 2013
Many children and adults have specific reading disabilities; insight into the brain structure underlying these difficulties is evolving from imaging. Previous research highlights the left temporal-parietal white matter as important in reading, yet the degree of involvement of other areas remains unclear. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and voxel-based analysis were used to examine correlations between reading ability and tissue structure in healthy adolescents and young adults (n = 136) with a range of reading ability. Three complementary reading scores (word reading, decoding, and reading fluency) yielded positive correlations with fractional anisotropy (FA) that spanned bilateral brain regions, particularly in the frontal lobes, but also included the thalamus and parietal and temporal areas. An analysis of the unique effects of each reading assessment revealed that most of the variance in FA values could be attributed to sight word reading ability. (Contains 2 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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