Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Baboons and Reading

Did you know that even though baboons do not use language they can learn to distinguish real words from nonsense? The baboons probably identified the English words by using orthographic information—the identity and position of the letters within the word. Based on these studies by Jonathan Grainger of CNRS and Aix-Marseille University in France, the ability to read may involve simple object-identification skills rather than on more advanced linguistic skills. The hope is that this and similar studies may help to uncover the causes of reading disabilities such as dyslexia.

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