Off-campus Pacific University users: To download campus access theses and dissertations, please log into our proxy server with your PUNet ID and password.

Non-Pacific University users: Please talk to your librarian about requesting this thesis or dissertation through interlibrary loan.

Theses or dissertations that have a specific embargo period indicated below will not be available to anyone until the date indicated.

Date of Award

7-25-2008

Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychology

Committee Chair

Shawn, Davis, Ph.D. Thesis Chair

Second Advisor

Benson, Schaeffj Ph.D. Thesis Reader

Abstract

Basic reading disability (BRD), also called developmental dyslexia, is a neurological disorder with a genetic origin, primarily characterized by reading ability below what is expected given adequate instruction, intelligence, and motivation. In this review, I describe the epidemiology of and diverse deficit profiles associated with BRD. I compare and contrast three competing causal theories of BRD: phonological, magnocellular, and cerebellar. I then discuss instruments that claim to assess and predict reading problems and areas that require further research. Finally, I introduce an experimental test I have developed, Zack's Zoo Adventure (ZZA), which is a game-like computer-administered phonic reading skills test that benefits from research on the phonological processing theory and has the potential to increase our understanding of BRD.

Comments

The digital version of this project is currently unavailable to off-campus users; however, it may be requested via interlibrary loan by eligible borrowers from Pacific University Library. Pacific University Library is a free lender. (Library Use: NL)

Share

COinS