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Magnocellular mediated visual-spatial attention and reading ability

Kinsey, Kristofer; Rose, Marina; Hansen, Peter; Richardson, Alex; Stein, John


Kris Kinsey
Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Marina Rose

Peter Hansen

Alex Richardson

John Stein


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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2004
Journal Neuroreport
Print ISSN 0959-4965
Publisher Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Issue 14
Pages 2215-2218
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