THE RELATION BETWEEN SPEED OF VISUAL-AUDITORY INTEGRATION AND GENERAL INTELLIGENCE IN DYSLEXICS AND NORMAL READING CHILDEN

  • Ralf Koether
  • Bettina Schumacher
  • Kerstin Scheller
  • Cees van Leeuwen
  • Thomas Lachmann

Abstract

We investigated the relationship of general intelligence with visual and phonological processing. German elementary school children diagnosed with developmental dyslexia were compared to a control group in order to determine, whether (a) their reaction times differ for tasks requiring visual-auditory integration and, if so, whether (b) training of these skills using AudiLex ® would eliminate the difference, and whether (c) such a learning effect would depend on general intelligence (reasoning) in one or both groups. The relevance of these results is discussed in the dual framework of the discrepancy definition of developmental dyslexia and of the relation between intelligence, speed of information processing, and reading skills.

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Bettina Schumacher


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