Magnocellular mediated visual-spatial attention and reading ability

K. Kinsey, M. Rose, Peter C. Hansen, A. Richardson, J. Stein

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This study explores the relationship between attentional processing mediated by visual magnocellular (MC) processing and reading ability. Reading ability in a group of primary school children was compared to performance on a visual cued coherent motion detection task. The results showed that a brief spatial cue was more effective in drawing attention either away or towards a visual target in the group of readers ranked in the upper 25% of the sample compared to lower ranked readers. Regression analysis showed a significant relationship between attentional processing and reading when the effects of age and intellectual ability were removed. Results suggested a stronger relationship between visual attentional and non-word reading compared to irregular word reading. (C) 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2215-2218
Number of pages4
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2004


  • attention
  • coherent motion
  • magnocellular
  • priming
  • reading


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