Automaticity, Automatization and Dyslexia

  • Aryan van der Leij
  • Victor van Daal
Part of the Neuropsychology and Cognition book series (NPCO, volume 16)


Although automaticity as a theoretical concept has been subject to debate and evolution, there seems to be little doubt that it plays an important role in the development of basic skills like reading. It is fair to state that automaticity is the key feature of skilled reading. As a consequence, learning to read may be interpreted as learning how to automatise word recognition skills. The reason why it is important is well expressed by Adams (1990, p. 228–229): “Human attention is limited. To understand connected text, our attention cannot be directed to the identities of individual words and letters. In reading as in listening, the process of individual word perception must proceed with relative automaticity, and such automaticity is afforded only through learning.”


Reading Disability Phonological Processing Word Identification Phonological Representation Familiar Word 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aryan van der Leij
    • 1
  • Victor van Daal
    • 2
  1. 1.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Free UniversityAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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