Global and Local Visual Processing in Rate/Accuracy Subtypes of Dyslexia

Yael Goldstein-Marcusohn, Liat Goldfarb, Michal Shany

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Words are processed in both a global and local manner. Studies on global versus local processing styles in individuals with and without dyslexia are inconclusive. In the present study, we investigated whether distinct patterns of global/local visual processing were associated with more precisely defined dyslexia profiles. Previous studies on dyslexia provide evidence of accuracy- and rate-based subtypes, with impairment in one dimension alongside normal performance in the other. In the current study, three groups of adult readers: rate disability, accuracy disability, typical development, were presented with nonlinguistic global /local congruency task. The results revealed that the rate disability group had deficiencies performing the global task while the accuracy disability group had deficiencies in the local task. These results are discussed in the context of global/local word processing and in relation to dyslexia. Specifically, they suggest that different patterns of global/local processing are observed between different types of dyslexics, and imply that practitioners should modify their treatment based on the specific deficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Article number828
Pages (from-to)1-9
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
StatePublished - 30 Apr 2020

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  • dyslexia
  • global and local processing
  • learning disabilities
  • reading
  • visual span

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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