Below-average, average, and above-average readers engage different and similar brain regions while reading

Dennis L. Molfese, Alexandra Fonaryova Key, Spencer Kelly, Natalie Cunningham, Shona Terrell, Melissa Ferguson, Victoria J. Molfese, Terri Bonebright

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Abstract

Event-related potentials (ERPs) were recorded from 27 children (14 girls, 13 boys) who varied in their reading skill levels. Both behavior performance measures recorded during the ERP word classification task and the ERP responses themselves discriminated between children with above-average, average, and below-average reading skills. ERP amplitudes and peak latencies decreased as reading skills increased. Furthermore, hemisphere differences increased with higher reading skill levels. Sex differences were also related to ERP amplitude variations across the scalp. However, ERPs recorded from boys and girls did not differ as a function of differences in the children's reading levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)352-363
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of learning disabilities
Volume39
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Health Professions(all)

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