Action Video Games May Help People with Dyslexia Learn to Read
[Source: Medical News Today]
In addition to their trouble with reading, people with dyslexia also have greater difficulty than typical readers do when it comes to managing competing sensory cues, according to a study reported in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. The findings suggest that action video games might improve literacy skills in those with dyslexia, which represent five to ten percent of the population.
“Imagine you are having a conversation with someone when suddenly you hear your name uttered behind you,” says Vanessa Harrar of the University of Oxford. “Your attention shifts from the person you are talking to – the visual – to the sound behind you. This is an example of a cross-sensory shift of attention. We found that shifting attention from visual to auditory stimuli is particularly difficult for people who have dyslexia compared to good readers.”
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