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Do dyslexics have auditory input processing difficulties?

  • MADS POULSEN (a1)

Abstract

Word production difficulties are well documented in dyslexia, whereas the results are mixed for receptive phonological processing. This asymmetry raises the possibility that the core phonological deficit of dyslexia is restricted to output processing stages. The present study investigated whether a group of dyslexics had word level receptive difficulties using an auditory lexical decision task with long words and nonsense words. The dyslexics were slower and less accurate than chronological age controls in an auditory lexical decision task, with disproportionate low performance on nonsense words. The finding suggests that input processing difficulties are associated with the phonological deficit, but that these difficulties may be stronger above the level of phoneme perception.

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ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE Mads Poulsen, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen, Njalsgade 120, Copenhagen DK-2300, Denmark. E-mail: m.poulsen@hum.ku.dk

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