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Interhemispheric sensorimotor integration in pointing movements: A study on dyslexic adults


, : Interhemispheric sensorimotor integration in pointing movements: A study on dyslexic adults. Neuropsychologia 40(7): 827-834, 15 March

In addition to reading disorders, numerous deficits have been found to be associated with dyslexia, suggesting that various neurological factors might be involved in its etiology. In the present study, we focused on three of the deficits which have been thought to accompany and to a certain extent, to explain dyslexia: an abnormal pattern of hemispheric asymmetry, abnormal hemispheric communication, and abnormal motor control. The aim of the present study was to determine whether adults with reading difficulties perform differently from control subjects in a visuo-manual pointing task, in which the subject was required to point with the right or the left hand to targets appearing to the right or left of a central fixation point. A total of 14 dyslexic adults and 14 control adults participated in this experiment. Motor control was assessed based on the time taken to perform the pointing task, hemispheric asymmetry in terms of the inter-hand differences in the reaction and movement times, and hemispheric communication based on the interhemispheric transfer time under crossed conditions, where the hand and the target were not on the same side. The results showed that neither hemispheric asymmetry nor interhemispheric transfer differed between dyslexic and control adults. However, the dyslexics were significantly slower when performing the pointing task. These results are in agreement with the hypothesis that dyslexia may involve a mild motor deficit.

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PMID: 11900733

DOI: 10.1016/s0028-3932(01)00177-4


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