Visual, Auditory and Cross Modal Lexical Decision: A Comparison between Dyslexic and Typical Readers


This study examined the differences in processing between typical and dyslexic readers in a lexical decision task in different modalities (visual, auditory, and cross modality). In general, dyslexics exhibited slower reaction times and made more mistakes when performing the task. The biggest gap between the two groups of readers was found on the visual task. However, the dyslexics benefited from the cross modality presentation, with differences between the two groups minimized. The results of this study indicate that the slowness characteristic of dyslexics’ stems mainly from slow processing of visual linguistic information and that supporting both processing systems relevant to reading will assist inter-sensory integration and may ease the word decoding process among dyslexics.

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Shaul, S. (2014). Visual, Auditory and Cross Modal Lexical Decision: A Comparison between Dyslexic and Typical Readers. Psychology, 5, 1855-1869. doi: 10.4236/psych.2014.516191.

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