Research

Information on all requests for research

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From time to time, Dyslexia Scotland receives requests for research participants. Details of all research requests will be posted here with a synopsis of the research findings, where possible. 
Unless indicated, please note that Dyslexia Scotland is not associated in any way to the research requests on this page. 
If you are interested in taking part in any of the research listed, please use the contact details provided.  For any other information, please email:info@dyslexiascotland.org.uk

CEB: Dyslexia and Psychometric Tests

CEB design psychometric tests used by recruiters to select candidates for jobs. They are currently researching the effect that dyslexia has on their online tests and are seeking participants to take part in their survey.

 

Creative Scotland: Understanding Diversity in the Arts

Survey to explore under-representation across the arts in Scotland to inform future priorities

Creative Scotland is calling on people working within Scotland’s arts sector to take part in a wide-ranging survey on diversity in the arts.

The research aims to build a clearer picture about who is working in the arts today across a range of roles, and what the perceived barriers are to entering, progressing and developing in the arts professionally.

The findings will provide valuable insights to help shape future strategic priorities.

 

Dyslexia Tutors and Assessors Required To Trial New Software That Builds Confidence And Productivity For Dyslexic Writers

SprintPlus, is a relatively new piece of software that students and adults use to proof their written work either at school, university or work. 

We would like to invite dyslexia assessors or tutors from all areas to trial SprintPlus.  In return for your feedback we will give you a free license.

We believe that SprintPlus builds the confidence and productivity of dyslexic writers but we want your thoughts and comments.

For more information, please take a look at our demo video at www.sprintplus.co.uk and if you would like to take part simply indicate your interest by email to John Hicks at john.hicks@jabbla.com.

 

Musicians with Dyslexia - Study Information

We are conducting a research study using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to investigate the neural connections between music and language skills in adults with dyslexia. We are currently recruiting musicians with dyslexia to take part in our research. We will ask you to complete a behavioural assessment comprised of tests of music and language skills, and to undergo an MRI scan. The study will take place at the University of Edinburgh. You will be paid £30 for completing the 2-hour behavioural assessment and will be reimbursed for travel expenses associated with attending the sessions. 

To take part you must be aged 18-24, have a statement of dyslexia, play a musical instrument to Grade 8 standard (not voice), be right-handed and be a native monolingual speaker of English (UK). You cannot take part if you have any non-removable metal implants (e.g. pace-makers and metal pins/clips/plates) or if you have any learning difficulties or disabilities in addition to dyslexia.

This study has been granted ethical approval from the Edinburgh College of Art Research Ethics Committee, University of Edinburgh and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. For more information, or to take part please contact Emma Moore at musicandlanguage2016@gmail.com

 

Children/teens (age 6+) to take part in knitting study - Lanarkshire/Glasgow area

Knitting has long been documented for its therapeutic benefits.  Pioneer of scientific research into therapeutic knitting, Betsan Corkhill, explains how neuroscience is beginning to show how knitting may help our brains.  In relation to Dyselxia specifically, feedback collected showed dyslexic students in Betsan’s study with improvements in memory & personal organisation after taking up knitting.

Suspecting my daughter has dyslexia woke me up to the potential beneficial effects of knitting.  Waldorf/Steiner schools have knitting on the curriculum for every child from age 6.  So what do they know?  They know that knitting is somewhat unique in that it offers a two handed bi-lateral co-ordinated pattern of movements which makes the brain work very hard.  It makes the left & right hand sides of the brain work together better and we all know that is a good thing.  From my own experience of seeking help for my daughter I also learned that these gentle, repetitive movements that cross the body’s midline can help improve brain function over time.

I seek willing children/teens (age 6+) to take part in my study.  I will teach knitting for free in a modern, up-beat way in exchange for some feedback as to the effects over time.  The knitting lessons will take place in Uddingston, South Lanarkshire, so you need to be within travelling distance.  The time commitment would be a 1 ½ hour lesson per week over a period of 4 weeks.  In this time, the children will have learned knitting basics and have a couple of fun projects to take home, like a hair bow or cuddly toy!  At the end of the block of lessons I would seek completion of a short questionnaire where you can give me feedback as to delivery of teaching, comprehension of the patterns used etc.  I suggest that, for younger children, a parent joins in and learns the basics too for support at home.  The second phase of my study would be for the child to continue knitting at home for about 5-10 minutes every day (as good as!) for a couple of months.  I would ask for completion of a monthly questionnaire to gauge any effects.  I would position this as a challenge -  to knit the longest possible Dr Who scarf.  Don’t worry as it would be still using only those basic learned knitting skills.  I am sure your children will have lots of fun on the way and have the opportunity to learn a life-skill with potentially brain enhancing qualities.

I look forward to hearing from you.  Please also contact me if you are interested but the location doesn’t suit.  There may be a small charge for knitting needles such that these can be taken home on a permanent basis however I will provide all other materials.  

Please contact rosie.little@blueyonder.co.uk to register your interest.  

 

New research on visual issues

Teams from Bristol and Newcastle universities carried out eye tests on more than 5,800 children and did not find any differences in the vision of those with dyslexia.

Report co-author Alexandra Creavin said eyesight was "very unlikely" to be the cause of such reading problems.

The study draws on a long-term tracking study in the Bristol area, which has followed the health of more than 14,000 children since the 1990s.

Click here to find out more.

Click here for a statement  on the research and the BBC article by the International Institute of Colorimetry. 

Click here for Dyslexia Scotland's leaflet on Visual Issues.