Reading is a unique human ability and
rely extensively on literacy skills. Reading disability can therefore
have a profound personal, economic and social impact. Yet, the
scientific understanding of the neural basis of reading is still
underdeveloped and a better understanding of normal reading processes
could potentially help individuals with developmental dyslexia (between
3-6 million people in the UK alone), and those with acquired reading
disabilities through injury or disease.
We want to understand the neural basis
of reading in general
and visual word recognition in particular. To do this, we use a
psychophysical and neuroimaging techniques (MEG and FMRI). Specific
from our research, with links to representative papers include:
1) How does information flow through
the cortical network
which supports reading and visual word recognition (1, 2, 3)?
2) What is the role of early Broca’s
area activity during visual word
3) To what
extent does individual variation in visual
processing influence visual word recognition (5, 6)?
4) Do people with developmental dyslexia process visual information
from normally reading controls (7, 8)?