WEBINAR – Wednesday 22 of July

Decoding Dyslexia

What it is, and why we get it wrong

If you missed it, there is still time to watch the webinar with Dr Iris Berent below.


Dr Iris Berent


Webinar Recording

Dr Berent’s research examines how the mind works, and how we think it does. She studies language and cognition. She has also researched reading, dyslexia and the misconceptions held by the public.

In this webinar, Dr Iris Berent presented:

State-of-the-art research on dyslexia

A contrast of what dyslexia is (as suggested by reading science) with what laypeople believe it is

An explanation of how these misconceptions arise

Science tells us that dyslexia is a heritable brain disorder that disrupts the decoding of printed words, yet laypeople often assume dyslexia is “in the head,” or the product of “visual confusions,” such as letter reversals. When people do recognize dyslexia for the brain disorder that it is, they tend to incorrectly presume its symptoms are immutable and resistant to reading interventions.

This talk first explained what dyslexia really is (as suggested by state-of-the-art reading research), then proceeds to review what people think dyslexia is, and why they are wrong.

Webinar Slides

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About Dr. Iris Berent

Dr Iris Berent is a Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, Boston, and the director of the Language and MindLab. Berent’s research has examined how the mind works and how we think it does. She is the recipient of numerous research grants and the author of dozens of groundbreaking scientific publications, including a significant body of research on reading and dyslexia. Her previous book, The Phonological Mind (Cambridge, 2013), was hailed by Steven Pinker as a “brilliant and fascinating analysis of how we produce and interpret sound”. In advance praise for The Blind Storyteller, Noam Chomsky states that “Iris Berent is exploring issues of deep significance in original and thoughtful ways. It should be a major contribution to science and general understanding of ‘who we are’.”

About Northeastern University

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-powered lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Northeastern’s locations—in Boston; the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; and Vancouver—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, Northeastern expands opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs—in on-campus, online, and hybrid formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 140 multidisciplinary majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.


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