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Individuals with dyslexia encounter difficulties in learning to read, despite possessing a normal level of intelligence and having access to qualified teachers and educational materials. However, the causes of dyslexia remain disputed. One suggestion is that dyslexia may be related to stress, either experienced by the afflicted individual at a young age, or through inheriting stress-related biological changes from their parents. Dr John Kershner, a neuropsychologist at the University of Toronto, has conducted extensive research on this alternative hypothesis and provides compelling evidence to support this emerging concept. More

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This Audio is a summary of the paper ‘Early life stress, literacy and dyslexia: an evolutionary perspective’, in Brain Structure and Function,, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license,


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