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Clin EEG Neurosci. 2008 Jan;39(1):50-6.

Event-related brain potentials in reading disabled children during an inverse serial digit detection task.

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Instituto de Neurociencias, Universidad de Guadalajara, México. fabiolargomez@gmail.com

Abstract

It has been reported that limitations in different components of working memory could underlie reading disabilities. In addition, reading-disabled (RD) children seem to perform worse when digit name processing is required. With the purpose to explore further these assumptions one inverse serial digit detection task was evaluated using event-related brain potentials in fifteen 8-year-old RD children and a control group (CG). CG obtained significantly more correct responses than RD, but had similar reaction times. The experimental task performance significantly correlated with the performance on reading tests. Difference event-related potentials showed a voltage component peaking at 160 ms over frontocentral leads (P160d) that reached significantly higher amplitude in RD group, and was interpreted as an index of the amount of neural resources involved in visual working memory load. The amplitude of P160d significantly correlated with reading speed, the backward digit span and with the experimental task performance. Present results point out that highly demanding working memory tasks reveal behavioral and electrophysiological differences in RD children with respect to healthy controls.

PMID:
18318420
DOI:
10.1177/155005940803900114
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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