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Sentence comprehension in young adults with developmental dyslexia.
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PMID:  19911285     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study investigated the effects of syntactic complexity on written sentence comprehension in compensated adults with dyslexia. Because working memory (WM) plays a key role in processing complex sentences, and individuals with dyslexia often demonstrate persistent deficits in WM, we hypothesized that individuals with dyslexia would perform more poorly on tasks designed to assess the comprehension of syntactic structures that are especially taxing on WM (e.g., passives, sentences with relative clauses). Compared to their nondyslexic peers, individuals with dyslexia were significantly less accurate and marginally slower on passive sentences. For sentences containing relative clauses, the dyslexic group was also less accurate but did not differ in response times. Covarying WM and word reading in both analyses eliminated group differences showing that syntactic deficits in adults with dyslexia are constrained by both WM and word-reading ability. These findings support previous research showing that syntactic processing deficits are characteristic of dyslexia, even among high-achieving students.
Rebecca Wiseheart; Lori J P Altmann; Heeyoung Park; Linda J Lombardino
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-11-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of dyslexia     Volume:  59     ISSN:  1934-7243     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann Dyslexia     Publication Date:  2009 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-01-21     Completed Date:  2010-03-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8406611     Medline TA:  Ann Dyslexia     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  151-67     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Florida, Gainesville, 32611-7420, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Contingent Negative Variation
Dyslexia / diagnosis*,  physiopathology
Language Tests
Memory, Short-Term*
Young Adult

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