Impaired processing of rapid stimulus sequences in dyslexia

Trends Cogn Sci. 2001 Dec 1;5(12):525-532. doi: 10.1016/s1364-6613(00)01801-5.


Apart from their reading difficulties, dyslexic subjects often suffer from a variety of subtle sensory and motor deficits. Whether these deficits have a causal relationship to the reading disorder, form additional risk factors, or are totally independent of the reading problem, is under vivid debate. In this article, we review the evidence and suggest that 'sluggish attentional shifting' (SAS) can account for the impaired processing of rapid stimulus sequences in dyslexia. Within this novel framework attention-related prolongation of input chunks is decisive for many small deficits found in dyslexic subjects.