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This project aims to understand more about how dyslexic children perceive the world around them. Specifically, we are looking at how dyslexic children combine visual information and how this compares to children without a developmental condition. The research will help us understand more about dyslexia.

Who are we asking to participate?

We are looking for children aged 8 to 14 years, who have either:

  • a dyslexia diagnosis, OR
  • no diagnosed developmental conditions

What will it involve?

Your child will be seen individually at the University, at school, or at home. Children will play some simple under-the-sea themed computer games. In some games, children will be asked to judge the direction of a moving shoal of fish. In other games, children will be asked to work out which way a group of jellyfish are facing. Additionally, children will be given tests of their language, reasoning, reading and spelling skills and we will test their vision using eye charts. The activities will take approximately 1.5 hours in total, and they can be split up into 2 or 3 sessions. You will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire about you and your child.

Families will be given a gift voucher as a thank-you for taking part, and we will reimburse travel expenses if you travel to the University.

We have conducted a COVID-19 risk assessment and put in place COVID-secure procedures which we are happy to discuss with you.

What should I do next?

If you are interested in your child participating, or would like to find out more, please contact Vicky Hulks (victoria.hulks@psy.ox.ac.uk) or Dr Cathy Manning: (catherine.manning@psy.ox.ac.uk / 01865 271 442). By getting in touch you are not committing to participate in the study.

Research ethics approval number: R45641/RE001