Dyslexics also have trouble with memory, says Ghent researcher
A PhD researcher at Ghent University has discovered that there’s a lot more involved with dyslexia than a lack of connection between words and sounds
Apart from issues with short-term memory, people with dyslexia also have trouble remembering the order of elements in a series, including the sequence of figures in a telephone number or the letters in a word. This causes them to misspell even simple words; they might spell “bar” as “bra”, for example, she said.
“Because those with dyslexia often interchange the order of letters or sounds, they are less adept at learning words than other people, which leads to slower and less accurate reading,” said Bogaerts. The problems with memory concerning order explains why people with dyslexia also experience difficulties outside the area of language, such as with learning a series of notes on a piano.
Bogaerts also found, however, that dyslexics can memorise information they have learned as well as others. The study proves that dyslexia is not solely caused by a faulty understanding of the relationship between letters and sounds, as was traditionally thought. Bogaerts’ thesis results provide perspectives for new treatments of dyslexia.
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