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Dyslexia: The evolution of a scientific concept

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 July 2009

Department of Psychology, University of Houston, TMC Annex, Houston, Texas
*Correspondence and reprint requests to: Jack M. Fletcher, Department of Psychology, University of Houston, TMC Annex, 2151 West Holcombe Boulevard, 222 TMC Annex, Houston, Texas 77204-5053. E-mail:


In the past 25 years, scientific understanding of dyslexia and other learning disabilities has seen rapid progress in domains involving definition and classification, neuropsychological correlates, neurobiological factors, and intervention. I discuss this progress, emphasizing the central organizing influence of research and theory on basic academic skills on identification and sampling issues. I also emphasize how neuropsychological approaches to dyslexia have evolved and the importance of an interdisciplinary perspective for understanding dyslexia. (JINS, 2009, 15, 501–508.)

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