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Blurring the Image does not Help Disabled Readers


Hogben, JH and Pratt, C and Dedman, K and Clark, CD, Blurring the Image does not Help Disabled Readers, Vision Research, 36, (10) pp. 1503-1507. ISSN 0042-6989 (1996) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/0042-6989(95)00223-5


Previous research has found that poor readers performed a visual search task more slowly than good readers, but that this difference was virtually eliminated by blurring of the search array. Whereas blurring had little effect on the performance of the good readers, it led to a dramatic improvement in the search rate of the poor readers. The present study set out to replicate this research with groups of 10-12 yr old disabled and average readers but with methodological improvements in the procedure and the analysis. It was found that the disabled readers performed the search task as well as the average readers, and that blurring of the display conferred no advantage on either group. The results are discussed in relation to the transient deficit theory of reading disability.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Educational psychology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Pratt, C (Professor Pratt)
ID Code:7111
Year Published:1996
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:1996-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-16

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