To become skilled readers, children need to move from sounding words out to recognising them rapidly via access to rich, long-term memory representations. Little is known about how this transition is achieved, and why some children have difficulty. This project will address these questions in a set of learning studies with typically-developing and reading-impaired children, focussing particularly on the long-term consolidation of word representations. We will explore the role of sleep in promoting the consolidation process, in both children and adults. The findings will directly inform theory and practice in reading acquisition and enhance the treatment of reading difficulties.

This is a new project funded by the Australian Research Council, led by Professor Anne Castles at Macquarie University and in collaboration with Professor Gareth Gaskell at the University of York.  Dr Hua-Chen Wang is working full-time on the project.  More details to follow.