Reading, Writing and Assessment: Researchers Are on the Verge of Finding an Early Dyslexia Diagnosis

In a nondescript, state-of-the-art lab in Oechsle Hall at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience Lisa Gabel monitors her students.Her undergrads are assessing how lab rats negotiate a maze, which is similar to a virtual maze that children will navigate with a joystick on a computer screen. Testing these mice is a forerunner to testing the children, and the specific test that Dr. Gabel has constructed is a groundbreaking one, to be sure.For while there's still additional testing to be done, Gabel is at the precipice of a pioneering study on a subject that has dogged the scientific community and, by proxy, parents and students, for generations.   Continue reading...

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