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Yale Announces Year Study Of Dyslectics

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Using new, non-invasive technologies, a group of researchers at the Yale University School of Medicine will conduct a five-year study of the anatomical and genetic patterns associated with dyslexia, a common reading impairment.

According to plans announced last month, the researchers will use linguistic and anatomical tests to compare the reading performance and brain structure of 360 children, ages 7 to 9, who have language or mathematical disabilities, or both, with those of 40 other children without such impairments.

The project, financed by a $4-million grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, will use new technologies to study the shapes of the children's brains and the patterns of the brains' electrical activity.

The results of the project will be compared with findings from a longitudinal study on learning disabilities that has been under way in Connecticut for five years.--ef

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