Reading Disabilities

Genetic and Neurological Influences

  • Bruce F. Pennington

Part of the Neuropsychology and Cognition book series (NPCO, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Genetics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Jeffrey W. Gilger, Bruce F. Pennington, J. C. Defries
      Pages 17-29
    3. R. K. Olson, J. J. Gillis, J. P. Rack, J. C. Defries, D. W. Fulker
      Pages 47-60
    4. J. C. Defries, Jim Stevenson, Jacquelyn J. Gillis, Sally J. Wadsworth
      Pages 83-95
    5. Shelley D. Smith, William J. Kimberling, Bruce F. Pennington
      Pages 97-110
    6. D. W. Fulker, L. R. Cardon, J. C. Defries, W. J. Kimberling, B. F. Pennington, S. D. Smith
      Pages 111-125
    7. Bruce G. Bender, Mary Linden, Arthur Robinson
      Pages 127-139
  4. Neurology / Neuropsychology

  5. Discussion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. A. M. Liberman
      Pages 241-245
    3. J. F. Stein
      Pages 247-252
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 253-253

About this book


This book is unique in that it brings together in one place an account of recent advances in our understanding of the biology of dyslexia. It grew out of a Rodin Remediation Foundation International conference held on this topic in Boulder, Colorado in 1990, which included most of the world's experts on the genetics and neurology of dyslexia. Ten years ago a volume on this topic would scarcely been possible, and now we have an emerging, comprehensive neuroscientific understanding of this complex behavioral disorder that goes from genes to brain to behavior. Building on recent advances in the understanding of the cognitive phenotype of dyslexia, these authors present new data on both the etiology and brain mechanisms underlying that phenotype. Reading disability or dyslexia has a high familial recurrence rate, and is partly heritable. Genetic linkage studies are beginning to identify the possible locations of genes influencing this phenotype. On the neurological side, several independent studies have found neuroanatomical differences in the dyslexic brain, which are due to early changes in brain development. Thus, contrary to the views held by some educators that dyslexia is a myth, the results presented in this book firmly establish dyslexia as a real, biological condition.
This book is relevant to researchers and practitioners concerned with both normal and abnormal reading development.


behavior brain cognition family studies neurology neuropathology neuropsychology psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Bruce F. Pennington
    • 1
  1. 1.University of DenverUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-5081-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-2450-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0927-0116
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