Brain activation profiles during the early stages of reading acquisition

Panagiotis G. Simos, Jack M. Fletcher, Barbara R. Foorman, David J. Francis, Eduardo M. Castillo, Robert N. Davis, Michele Fitzgerald, Patricia G. Mathes, Carolyn Denton, Andrew Papanicolaou

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Abstract

In the present study, we demonstrate for the first time the presence of an aberrant brain mechanism for reading in children who have just started acquiring reading skills. Children who, at the end of kindergarten, are found to be at risk for developing reading problems display markedly different activation profiles than children who have, at this stage, already mastered important prereading skills. This aberrant profile is characterized by the lack of engagement of the left-hemisphere superior temporal region, an area normally involved in converting print into sound, and an increase in activation in the corresponding right-hemisphere region. This finding is consistent with current cognitive models of reading acquisition and dyslexia, pointing to the critical role of phonologic awareness skills in learning to read.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-163
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of child neurology
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology

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Simos, P. G., Fletcher, J. M., Foorman, B. R., Francis, D. J., Castillo, E. M., Davis, R. N., ... Papanicolaou, A. (2002). Brain activation profiles during the early stages of reading acquisition. Journal of child neurology, 17(3), 159-163. https://doi.org/10.1177/088307380201700301

Brain activation profiles during the early stages of reading acquisition. / Simos, Panagiotis G.; Fletcher, Jack M.; Foorman, Barbara R.; Francis, David J.; Castillo, Eduardo M.; Davis, Robert N.; Fitzgerald, Michele; Mathes, Patricia G.; Denton, Carolyn; Papanicolaou, Andrew.

In: Journal of child neurology, Vol. 17, No. 3, 01.01.2002, p. 159-163.

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Simos, PG, Fletcher, JM, Foorman, BR, Francis, DJ, Castillo, EM, Davis, RN, Fitzgerald, M, Mathes, PG, Denton, C & Papanicolaou, A 2002, 'Brain activation profiles during the early stages of reading acquisition', Journal of child neurology, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 159-163. https://doi.org/10.1177/088307380201700301
Simos PG, Fletcher JM, Foorman BR, Francis DJ, Castillo EM, Davis RN et al. Brain activation profiles during the early stages of reading acquisition. Journal of child neurology. 2002 Jan 1;17(3):159-163. https://doi.org/10.1177/088307380201700301
Simos, Panagiotis G. ; Fletcher, Jack M. ; Foorman, Barbara R. ; Francis, David J. ; Castillo, Eduardo M. ; Davis, Robert N. ; Fitzgerald, Michele ; Mathes, Patricia G. ; Denton, Carolyn ; Papanicolaou, Andrew. / Brain activation profiles during the early stages of reading acquisition. In: Journal of child neurology. 2002 ; Vol. 17, No. 3. pp. 159-163.
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