Dyslexia may be rooted in a problem the brain has in teasing out dis­tinct sounds from the incoming garble, researchers say.

Con­sid­ered a learning dis­ability, dyslexia makes it dif­fi­cult to read and spell for the esti­mated 15 per­cent of Amer­i­cans who have it. Although dyslexia causes reading prob­lems, the dis­order is often linked to subtle dif­fi­cul­ties with spoken lan­guage, such as trouble dis­tin­guishing rhyming syl­la­bles such as “ba” and “pa.”

Those deficits are seen even in infants who are at high risk for dyslexia,” said researcher Iris Berent, a cog­ni­tive sci­en­tist at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston.


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