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Does a small screen, like an ipod, make reading easier for dyslexics?
Credit: Gerd Altman
A Cambridge based
astrophysicist thinks the answer is yes. According to the Boston Globe, Dr. Michael Schneps just completed a study
that examined the use of handheld devices for reading by high school students.
The study showed that reading on a small screen “reduced
inefficiencies in the ways students eyes flitted across the page.” Reading on
the small screen allowed dyslexics to read faster and without losing any
compression of the text. Dr Schneps, who has dyslexia, started this study after
he found reading easier on his smart phone.
Dr Schneps is the Director of the Laboratory for Visual
Learning at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. In recent years,
his research focused on the effects of learning disabilities on the ability to
learn science. He is currently studying differences in how people with and
without dyslexia read. In this research, he is using visual tracking methods
and electrodes to monitor reading in the study participants.
In prior studies, Dr Schneps found that people with dyslexia
were better at reading “low spacial frequency scenes.” This research indicates
that people with dyslexia may do well in careers that involve processing
blurred images such as radiology or astronomy.
The study, Reinventing Reading: E‐Reader Formats Facilitate Reading in Those Who Struggle, is not yet published.
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