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Nat Rev Neurosci. 2015 Jan;16(1):43-54. doi: 10.1038/nrn3836. Epub 2014 Nov 5.

Sensory theories of developmental dyslexia: three challenges for research.

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Centre for Neuroscience in Education, Department of Psychology, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EB, UK.


Recent years have seen the publication of a range of new theories suggesting that the basis of dyslexia might be sensory dysfunction. In this Opinion article, the evidence for and against several prominent sensory theories of dyslexia is closely scrutinized. Contrary to the causal claims being made, my analysis suggests that many proposed sensory deficits might result from the effects of reduced reading experience on the dyslexic brain. I therefore suggest that longitudinal studies of sensory processing, beginning in infancy, are required to successfully identify the neural basis of developmental dyslexia. Such studies could have a powerful impact on remediation.

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