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Dyslexia, Learning, and the Brain$
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Roderick Nicolson and Angela Fawcett

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262140997

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262140997.001.0001

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Dyslexia and the Cerebellum

Dyslexia and the Cerebellum

(p.91) 5 Dyslexia and the Cerebellum
Dyslexia, Learning, and the Brain

Roderick I. Nicolson

Angela J. Fawcett

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on brain-based explanation of dyslexia in terms of abnormal cerebellar function. It begins with some details on the neuranatomy of the cerebellum and then considers the role of the cerebellum in cognition and skill automatization. The chapter proposes the cerebellar deficit hypothesis, which speculates that cerebellar abnormality at birth leads to the development of cognitive difficulties of dyslexic children.

Keywords:   dyslexia, cerebellar abnormality, cerebellum, cognition, automatization, cerebellar deficit hypothesis

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