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Subject: Children with and without dyslexia are needed for a study (Milwaukee, WI)

Lisa Conant
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Date Posted: 11:04:26 08/26/11 Fri

See your brain!

Children between the ages of 8 and 17 both with and without reading disabilities (dyslexia) are needed for a study using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) at the Medical College of Wisconsin. FMRI allows researchers to obtain images of the brain while participants perform various mental and motor tasks. The images show which areas of the brain are "working" the hardest. There is no exposure to x-rays or radioactivity during an MRI.

What is the purpose of the study?
The purpose of this study is to find out how the brain processes speech sounds in children with and without reading difficulties in order get a better understanding of processing problems that may underlie reading disabilities. This may ultimately lead to the development of new ways to help address problems in learning to read.

What is required of the participants?
Full participation in the study involves four visits. In the first visit, the child will take a brief hearing screening test and complete several tests, including measures of intellectual functioning, speech sound processing, reading abilities, language abilities, and attention, unless the child has recently completed the same measures, in which case they will not be repeated. The child will then learn a sound matching task and practice it in a mock scanner that was designed to look and sound like the real fMRI scanner, but it does not take pictures of the brain. The other three visits will involve playing this and other matching games in the fMRI scanner.

To participate in this study, children must be right-handed, native English speakers with no history of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder or significant neurological or psychiatric disorders.

What are the benefits?
You will receive a brief summary of the test results for your child and a picture of your child’s brain. For each session, a small stipend is available to cover your travel and expenses, and your child will receive a gift certificate for a local store.

How can I learn more?
For more information, please call 414-456-7623 or 414-456-7624.

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