Research: Short Lines and E-Readers Are More Effective for Dyslexics

One of the key benefits of Omoguru for dyslexics is that it is a mobile app that provides just a few words per line. This is not just feedback we received from our users but also supported by 5-years old scientific research by Matthew H. Schneps, director of Laboratory for Visual Learning at the Harvard-Smithsonian CfA.

Research observed reading comprehension and speed in 103 highschool students with dyslexia. Reading on paper was compared with reading on a small handheld e-reader device, formatted to display few words per line. Results show that the device significantly improved speed and comprehension when compared to traditional presentations on paper.Prior to this research dr. Schneps’ team did an eye-tracking study which showed readers with dyslexia improved reading speeds by 27%, enable better focus and following lines without loss of comprehension. This study proved that shorter lines facilitate reading in those who struggle with reading.

E-readers proved more effective in some students with dyslexia, improving both speed and comprehension. One of the key conclusions, that complement previous eye-tracking research, is that relatively simple adjustments to the visual presentation of the text, like shortening the text and adding spacing between letters and lines can improve reading in people with dyslexia.

We are currently doing research with dyslexic children that might extend these findings and provide additional information on the effectiveness of e-readers and font and text manipulation in people with dyslexia.

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