Unlocking dyslexia: researchers of Malaga University shares new insights

Researchers at Malaga University have taken a groundbreaking step towards earlier dyslexia detection . In collaboration with Northumbria University in the UK, Malaga University conducted a recent study. The study is all about truly understanding how dyslexic brains process languages more distinctively than others. Due to atypical connectivity, people with dyslexia tend to have a different process when it comes to understanding languages.
This recent discovery opens the way for earlier intervention with children in order to support them well before their language development stage. Before we dig deeper into the research’s results, let’s dive into what dyslexia is. Although many are likely to be familiar with the term, it is important to make sure everyone gets what it is about. So basically, dyslexia is a condition that hinders writing and reading abilities. Doctors often diagnose children with dyslexia when they begin their formal language learning stage. People with dyslexia tend to struggle not only with comprehension but also with word recognition. Which is why this recent study from Malaga University brings hope to many with the early dyslexia detection.

Benefits of early dyslexia detection

By making use of techniques of advanced brain connectivity analysis, researchers will be able to differentiate connectivity patterns in people with dyslexia. The Granger causality analysis, the technique used for this study, tells scientists the cause-and-effect link in the brain’s neural networks. Among dyslexic individuals, researchers identified an intense connection in certain brain regions that affects linguistic skills. This hyperactivity can be attributed to language processing, focused attention and writing comprehension.
This discovery has the potential to revolutionize dyslexia diagnosis by enabling the identification of neural anomalies prior to skill development. Detecting neural anomalies means being able to facilitate optimal educational progress. The study by Malaga University has been published in the International Journal of Neural Systems. The research was based on data about brain signals in both typical and dyslexic children. However, the researchers aim to refine their techniques even more before this study reaches its end. This study has  received the support of the European Regional Development Fund and the Junta de Andalucía. As this study gives hope for reshaping how we approach dyslexia detection in the future, let’s keep an eye out for further findings.

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