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Department of Cognitive Science

Reading Research Group

The Reading Research Group within the Department of Cognitive Science uses theoretical models of reading as the basis for investigating how children learn to read, why some children have so much difficulty (developmental dyslexia), and how such difficulties are best treated. These models are applied to the understanding and treatment of the different kinds of reading disorders that are seen in formerly skilled readers after brain damage (acquired dyslexia). The neural basis of both normal and impaired reading can be investigated using brain-imaging techniques such as event related potentials (ERP) and magnetoencephalography (MEG). Our findings inform educational practice and the development of targeted treatment programs for children having difficulty acquiring reading skills. Our researchers have developed a variety of testing programs which are provided on the MOTIf website. Tests on this site are available for clinicians and teachers, and free registration is required for access.

The Reading Research Group also has links with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD), and in particular the CCD's Reading Program.


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