Authors: Tânia Fernandes. Isabel Leite.

Article: Mirrors are hard to break: A critical review and behavioral evidence on mirror-image processing in developmental dyslexia.

Publication: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology Volume 159, July 2017, Pages 66–82 2017 | DOI: 10.1016/j.jecp.2017.02.003

The relation of reversals (e.g., d for b) with developmental dyslexia was examined.

  • Children performed orientation-based and shape-based tasks on letters and shapes.
    • Controls but not dyslexics had worse shape-based judgments of mirror (e.g., d – b) than identical pairs.
  • For rotated pairs (e.g., d – p), dyslexics behave as controls in both tasks.
  • Dyslexics fail to automatize mirror discrimination during visual object processing.


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