Early Precursors, Neurobehaviorial Markers, and Biological Substrates
Edited by April A. Benasich, Ph.D., Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; & R. Holly Fitch, Ph.D., University of Connecticut
Understanding the precursors and early indicators of dyslexia is key to early identification and effective intervention. Now there’s a single research volume that brings together the very latest knowledge on the earliest stages of dyslexia and the diverse genetic, neurobiological, and cognitive factors that may contribute to it.
Based on findings first reported at the Dyslexia Foundation’s 12th Extraordinary Brain Symposium, this landmark volume collects cutting-edge dyslexia research from the worlds foremost experts on this complex disorder, as well as insights from experts newly interested in applying their innovative techniques to dyslexia research. 40+ international contributors from multiple disciplines present groundbreaking research on:
- neurolinguistic and neurophysiological precursors of dyslexia
- new techniques and technologies—ranging from molecular genetics, to neuroimaging, to cognitive neuroscience
- genetic influences on reading and reading disability
- the magnocellular theory of dyslexia
- anatomical risk factors for reading and language disorders
- subcortical auditory function and how it contributes to variance in reading ability
- cortical phenotypes associated with developmental dyslexia
- the impact of atypical auditory processing in infancy on later language and reading skills
- the interplay among environment, brain, and behavior while children are developing reading skills
- phonological processing difficulties and their effect on later literacy outcomes
- the latest techniques in pediatric neuroimaging
Each of the book’s four sections has a helpful integrative introduction. And to help readers shape the course of future dyslexia studies, a concluding chapter distills the key themes discussed at the symposium and examines specific recommendations for further research on the genetics, neurobiology, and behavior of dyslexia.
An important volume that will be cited and quoted in the literature for years to come, this book sheds new light on the precursors and early indicators of dyslexia—and will provide a strong foundation for tomorrow’s innovative interventions.