Chances are that you know somebody affected by dyslexia; the disorder affects an estimated 5-10 percent of the population, commonly affecting the afflicted with symptoms that make it hard to decipher, interpret, and communicate through written language. Binghamton University Neuroscientist Dr. Sarah Laszlo wants to understand what’s going on in children’s brains when they’re reading. Dr. Laszlo and her team of researchers may untangle some of the mysteries surrounding dyslexia and lead to new methods of treating America’s most common learning disorder.
“The brain can reveal things that aren’t necessarily visible on the surface,” Dr. Laszlo says. “It can tell you things about what’s going wrong that you can’t find out by giving a kid a test or asking him to read out loud.”