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Executive functioning in adults and children with dyslexia


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Brosnan, M., Demetre, J., Hammil, S., Robson, K., Brockway, H. and Cody, G., 2002. Executive functioning in adults and children with dyslexia. Neuropsychologia, 40 (12), pp. 2144-2155.

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Abstract

The performance of developmentally dyslexic children and adults was studied upon a range of tasks that involved executive functioning. Both adult and child samples of dyslexics were found to under-perform on the group-embedded figures test. This test required the identification of constituent parts from within complex visual arrays, with good performance necessitating the inhibition of the processing of the surrounding context. A general deficit on visual–spatial tasks was eliminated as an explanation as dyslexics performed normally upon a range of other non-verbal assessments. The dyslexics consistently demonstrated a deficit in digit span tasks, a decrement that was increased with distractors, again suggesting difficulties in inhibiting the processing of the surrounding context. A deficit was also identified upon a verbal fluency task without a deficit in vocabulary level. Additionally, a specific deficit in the recollection of the temporal order of the presentation of items was in evidence, without a deficit in the recognition of the items themselves. The findings taken as a whole suggest that dyslexic individuals show deficiencies in executive functions relating to inhibition of distractors and to sequencing of events, a set of tasks associated with left prefrontal cortex functioning in the acquired neuropsychology literature.

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsBrosnan, M., Demetre, J., Hammil, S., Robson, K., Brockway, H. and Cody, G.
DOI10.1016/S0028-3932(02)00046-5
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Psychology
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code27621

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