Science and Dyslexia Contact the LVL

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a hereditary neurological disability marked by difficulties reading or spelling that are surprising given a person's competence in other areas.

How Does Dyslexia Affect Abilities for Science?

Many highly accomplished scientists perform very well in science despite reading impairments that in some cases are severe. For example, Nobel laureates Baruj Benacerraf and Carol Greider have both accomplished important discoveries in science despite severe impairments for reading.

Could People with Dyslexia be Predisposed to Science?

The Laboratory for Visual Learning at CfA is investigating a hypothesis that people with dyslexia, because of differences in neurology, may be predisposed to certain forms of visual processing that are useful in science. We are currently carrying out research to test this hypothesis.

The Lab for Visual Learning (LVL)

To learn more about the LVL, visit our website

 This research is supported by the National Science Foundation under NSF award HRD-0726032, Research in Disabilities Education (RDE) program.

Laboratory for Visual Learning
Harvard-Smithsonian CfA
60 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Dr. Matthew H. Schneps
LVL Director

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