Towards a Sharper Definition of Dyslexia

  • Ingvar Lundberg
Part of the Neuropsychology and Cognition book series (NPCO, volume 16)


This introductory chapter should in fact have been co-authored by Torleiv Høien since most of the issues brought up here reflect decades of intense discussions with him. It is only the fact that this book is a special tribute to him which prevents a very natural co-authorship. We have both over a long period of time struggled with the ill defined concept of dyslexia and eventually suggested a definition in our textbook on dyslexia (Høien & Lundberg, 1991) which is very similar to the consensus view adopted by the National Institute of Health (Lyon, 1994). This chapter is a further elaboration of our thoughts behind the definition with the purpose of clarifying some of the thorny issues entailed in the concept of dyslexia. An important source of inspiration for our conception of the nature of dyslexia has been Uta Frith at MRC in London.


Word Recognition Phonological Awareness Reading Disability Phonological Processing Developmental Dyslexia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ingvar Lundberg
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyGöteborg UniversityGöteborgSweden

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