Visual Spatial Localization: A Reading Related Task

Year: 1986

Author: Solman, Robert T., May, James G.

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

The relationship between reading ability and accuracy of visual spatial localization was examined by asking 98 Year 3 children to point to the location of a briefly flashed pattern. The pattern appeared at 9 distances from the fixation point, and the children made larger errors as it became more eccentric. The rate at which the size of these errors increased was greater for the poor readers. In fact, they were better than the good readers
when the pattern was near fixation, but very much worse when it was more eccentric. This pattern of differences is explained by the sustained and transient theory of visual perception, if poor readers have a faulty or weak transient subsystem.