Dyslexia: The evolution of a scientific concept

J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2009 Jul;15(4):501-8. doi: 10.1017/S1355617709090900.


In the past 25 years, scientific understanding of dyslexia and other learning disabilities has seen rapid progress in domains involving definition and classification, neuropsychological correlates, neurobiological factors, and intervention. I discuss this progress, emphasizing the central organizing influence of research and theory on basic academic skills on identification and sampling issues. I also emphasize how neuropsychological approaches to dyslexia have evolved and the importance of an interdisciplinary perspective for understanding dyslexia.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain / pathology
  • Brain / physiopathology
  • Cognition Disorders / etiology
  • Dyslexia* / complications
  • Dyslexia* / diagnosis
  • Dyslexia* / genetics
  • Environment
  • Humans
  • Models, Psychological
  • Neuropsychological Tests