Magnocellular mediated visual-spatial attention and reading ability
Kinsey, K., Rose, M., Hansen, P., Richardson, A. and Stein, J. (2004) Magnocellular mediated visual-spatial attention and reading ability. Neuroreport, 15 (14). pp. 2215-2218. ISSN 0959-4965 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/8194
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This study explores the relationship between attentional processing mediated by visual magnocellular (MC) processing and reading ability. Reading ability in a group of primary school children was compared to performance on a visual cued coherent motion detection task. The results showed that a brief spatial cue was more effective in drawing attention either away or towards a visual target in the group of readers ranked in the upper 25% of the sample compared to lower ranked readers. Regression analysis showed a significant relationship between attentional processing and reading when the effects of age and intellectual ability were removed. Results suggested a stronger relationship between visual attentional and non-word reading compared to irregular word reading.