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Vision and words

Piecing it together.
Perceptual processes in visual word recognition.

 

The Sapere Aude Program; The Danish Research Council for Independent Research [Humanities].

  • Associate Professor Randi Starrfelt (Principal investigator)
  • Research assistant, cand.psych. Christina Desireé Kuhn
  • Student assistant Rebecca Thea Hatting.
  • Alumnae: Julia Robotham and Julie Nyvang Christensen. Both now at Dept. of Neurology, Glostrup Hospital. Johanne Asperud Thomsen (now Rigshospitalet), Christina Desireé Kuhn.

As illustrated in the picture above - reading is automatic and reading is fast. Before you know it you have read the words and understood them. When reading is successfully learned, it is something we do with great ease.

But for some people, the written world constitutes an immense challenge. In the developmental dyslexias, the process of learning to read is disrupted, while in the alexias or acquired dyslexias damage to the brain affects reading ability in people who were able to read normally before their injury. Reading research aims to understand how this process works on a cognitive and a cerebral level, and an important goal is to facilitate the development of intervention strategies for reading disorders.

A central question is how we recognize words visually. What happens when the light reflected by the ink of these letters reaches your eyes and the visual areas in your brain, to make you able to recognize these words?

Our project aims to integrate findings from neuropsychological patient studies and experimental psychology to shed light on the cognitive and neural processes necessary for visual word recognition. The work is based at the Centre for Visual Cognition, a Centre of Excellence at Copenhagen University. The patient studies are conducted at Department of Neurology at Glostrup Hospital. Also see our collaboration page.

Read more about our projects here

 FAQ: Is it true what they say, that:

"It deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae."

Find the answer here ...