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The eye movements of dyslexic children during reading and visual search: impact of the visual attention span

Chloé Prado, Matthieu Dubois, Sylviane Valdois
Vision Research 2007, 47 (19): 2521-30
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The eye movements of 14 French dyslexic children having a VA span reduction and 14 normal readers were compared in two tasks of visual search and text reading. The dyslexic participants made a higher number of rightward fixations in reading only. They simultaneously processed the same low number of letters in both tasks whereas normal readers processed far more letters in reading. Importantly, the children's VA span abilities related to the number of letters simultaneously processed in reading. The atypical eye movements of some dyslexic readers in reading thus appear to reflect difficulties to increase their VA span according to the task request.

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