A study published in the journal Current Biology finds that future reading acquisition skills are more linked to visual attention than to auditory or speech sound processing. These findings upset the current theories regarding the development reading disorders, such as dyslexia. Visual attention can be assessed prior to the development of reading skills. Thus, the findings of this study suggest possible methods of assessing and treating visual attention deficits, which in turn may prevent future reading difficulties.

To read a summary of the article, follow the link: http://www.cell.com/current-biology/abstract/S0960-9822%2812%2900270-9

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