Auditory and visual automatic attention deficits in developmental dyslexia

Andrea Facoetti, Maria Luisa Lorusso, Pierluigi Paganoni, Carmen Cattaneo, Raffaella Galli, Carlo Umiltà, Gian Gastone Mascetti

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Several studies have provided evidence for a phonological deficit in developmental dyslexia. However, recent studies provide evidence for a multimodal temporal processing deficit in dyslexia. In fact, dyslexics show both auditory and visual abnormalities, which could result from a more general problem in the perceptual selection of stimuli. Here we report the results of a behavioral study showing that children with dyslexia have both auditory and visual deficits in the automatic orienting of spatial attention. These findings suggest that a deficit of selective spatial attention may distort the development of phonological and orthographic representations that is essential for learning to read.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-191
Number of pages7
JournalCognitive Brain Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2003


  • Auditory spatial attention
  • Dyslexia
  • Inhibition of return
  • Multimodal attention
  • Orienting of attention
  • Reading

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology


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