Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2016 Archive

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Connections between visual attention and reading

SHALL WE PLAY A GAME?

6 April 2016

A Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation seminar.

Learning to read is difficult for about 10 per cent of students, although this proportion varies significantly, depending on the language involved. Struggling to acquire reading skills has severe consequences for students' literacy and therefore on crucial aspects of life. Reading difficulties are often caused by dyslexia, a neurodevelopmental disorder, the causes of which are still hotly debated. Since most dyslexic children have problems in sound recognition, treatments have mainly focused on phonological aspects, with contrasting results.

New synergies between education and cognitive science have been established in the past 10 years in different areas, including reading difficulties. A growing number of studies have correlated dyslexia and visual attention, and some experiments have been conducted in Europe suggesting that children’s reading abilities improve when their visual attention is trained.

The presenter's research at the University of Sydney has involved working with about 40 children, using games with different features. The data collected suggests that different types of video games train visual attention in different ways, with different consequences on reading outcomes.

Dr Trevisan will present the methodologies, findings and limits of his research, together with discussion for further investigations in the future.

This seminar will not be available online or recorded.

Event details

  • When: 11.30am–1pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: Not necessary

  • Contact: Sadhbh Warren
    T: +61 9351 2612
    E: sadhbh.warren@sydney.edu.au

  • More info: Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch to eat during the event.

  • Speaker: Piergiorgio Trevisan holds a PhD in linguistics and literature from the University of Udine (Italy). He has taught and written in the area of text analysis, including literary and multimodal texts. In 2014 he obtained a Marie Curie Grant from the European Commission in order to study reading difficulties and their correlation to visual attention. He is currently a visiting researcher at the University of Sydney, Sydney School of Education and Social Work.

Connections between visual attention and reading

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

6 April 2016


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