SPATIALVisual Scientist Matthew Schneps of the Smithsonian finds ‘dyslexic advantage’ reading visual scenes.

Dr. Matthew Schneps, director of the Lab for Visual Learning at the Smithsonian has found a heightened ability to read visual scenes among severe life-long dyslexics vs. typical readers.

Excerpt: “People with dyslexia, who face lifelong struggles with reading, exhibit numerous associated low-level sensory deficits including deficits in focal attention. Countering this, studies have shown that struggling readers outperform typical readers in some visual tasks that integrate distributed information across an expanse.

These findings are important because they suggest strengths for spatial learning in a population otherwise impaired, carrying implications for the education and support of students who face challenges in school.”

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Understanding common strength patterns among dyslexics will optimize education and utilize more of dyslexics’ strengths in careers and the workplace.

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