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  • Visual signs and symptoms in patients with the visual variant of Alzheimer disease    (Mon 29 of June, 2015)
    Conclusions: Visual difficulties are prominent in VVAD. Dyslexia, incomplete homonymous hemianopia, preserved color identification with abnormal color vision on Ishihara, and simultanagnosia were all symptoms observed frequently in this patient series. Ophthalmologists should be aware of the possibility of neurodegenerative disorders such as VVAD in patients with unexplained visual complaints, in particular reading difficulties. (Source: BMC Ophthalmology)MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.
  • A comparison of orthographic processing in children with and without reading and spelling disorder in a regular orthography    (Fri 26 of June, 2015)
    Abstract Orthographic processing is a construct that encompasses the skills of recognizing, storing, accessing, and applying the print conventions of a writing system. Few studies have investigated orthographic processing in dyslexic children and it is not yet clear whether lexical and sublexical orthographic processing are both impaired in these children. The present study examined orthographic processing in dyslexic children (N = 19, below-average word reading as well as below average spelling skills, T-values &lt;40) and typically developing children (N = 32) aged 8–10 years. Different aspects of orthographic processing were measured. Word-specific knowledge (lexical level) was assessed with an Orthographic Choice Task. General orthographic knowledge (sublexical level) w...MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.
  • Genetic dyslexia risk variant is related to neural connectivity patterns underlying phonological awareness in children    (Thu 25 of June, 2015)
    Publication date: September 2015 Source:NeuroImage, Volume 118 Author(s): Michael A. Skeide , Holger Kirsten , Indra Kraft , Gesa Schaadt , Bent Müller , Nicole Neef , Jens Brauer , Arndt Wilcke , Frank Emmrich , Johannes Boltze , Angela D. Friederici Phonological awareness is the best-validated predictor of reading and spelling skill and therefore highly relevant for developmental dyslexia. Prior imaging genetics studies link several dyslexia risk genes to either brain-functional or brain-structural factors of phonological deficits. However, coherent evidence for genetic associations with both functional and structural neural phenotypes underlying variation in phonological awareness has not yet been provided. Here we demonstrate that rs11100040, a reported modifier of SLC2A3, is relate...
  • Neural Mechanisms Underlying Musical Pitch Perception and Clinical Applications Including Developmental Dyslexia    (Fri 19 of June, 2015)
    Abstract Music production and perception invoke a complex set of cognitive functions that rely on the integration of sensorimotor, cognitive, and emotional pathways. Pitch is a fundamental perceptual attribute of sound and a building block for both music and speech. Although the cerebral processing of pitch is not completely understood, recent advances in imaging and electrophysiology have provided insight into the functional and anatomical pathways of pitch processing. This review examines the current understanding of pitch processing and behavioral and neural variations that give rise to difficulties in pitch processing, and potential applications of music education for language processing disorders such as dyslexia. (Source: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports)MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.
  • Designer Creates A Font That Emulates The Frustrations Of Dyslexia    (Fri 19 of June, 2015)
    Unlike most fonts, which prioritize easy and swift readability, graphic designer Daniel Britton's recent creation does just the opposite. Meant to raise awareness for dyslexia, the font strips letters of their qualities that make them easily recognizable. An "A" is transformed to resemble an upside-down "V"; a "D" is turned into a backwards "C." The result is a jumble of shapes that takes extra time and concentration to interpret. In a description of the font on his site, Britton writes, "What this typeface does is break down the reading time of a non-dyslexic down to the speed of a dyslexic. I wanted to make non-dyslexic people understand what it is like to read with the condition and to recreate the frustration and embarrassment of reading everyday text." Britton himself has dyslexia, ...MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.