Project 11

MORPHOLEXIA: Morphological representations and reading in typical, at-risk and atypical readers from preschool to school age (WP 2)

ESR 11: Natalia Louleli


Prof. Dr. Paavo Leppänen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Prof. Judith Gervain (University Paris Descartes, France)
Dr. Jarmo Hämäläinen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)

The aims of this project are:

  • to examine the sub-processes of the three phases of reading development: pre-school beginning decoding, early stage word recognition and early stage of fluent reading
  • to understand how these processes are deficient in children with risk for DD and dyslexic readers
  • to investigate the relationship of these processes to known risk factors of reading disability, dyslexia, audiovisual processing, phonology, rapid naming, working memory

The results are expected to reveal microlevel developmental differences between at-risk/dyslexic and typical readers in the crucial stages of processing and their connectivity in the neural network of letter/ word recognition, and reading. This information is important for developmental theories of reading fluency and which can also be used in developing effective and focused diagnostic and intervention tools.