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Yu Kan Reed, But yu Aint Smart

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posted on Dec, 20 2009 @ 03:25 PM
Dyslexia defined: New Yale study 'uncouples' reading and IQ over time

You might want to think really hard before the next time you tell someone that you believe to be "stupid" to "go read a book".

It's certain, that reading is an excellent way to glean knowledge. But how does the ability to read relate to actual IQ?

Contrary to popular belief, some very smart, accomplished people cannot read well. This unexpected difficulty in reading in relation to intelligence, education and professional status is called dyslexia, and researchers at Yale School of Medicine and University of California Davis, have presented new data that explain how otherwise bright and intelligent people struggle to read.

I know Ive met a plethora of people, with little literary skill, that can figure out things that I failed to understand myself. Have you?
Dyslexia often gets a horrible rap. People affected with the condition often get associated with being stupid, and ignorant.

"For the first time, we've found empirical evidence that shows the relationship between IQ and reading over time differs for typical compared to dyslexic readers,"
The researchers found that in typical readers, IQ and reading not only track together, but also influence each other over time. But in children with dyslexia, IQ and reading are not linked over time and do not influence one another. This explains why a dyslexic can be both bright and not read well.

So next time you think that just because youve read Dostoyevsky, or created an essay on Existentialism, just remember....that doesnt make you fundamentally intellegent.
Nor, does it make you useful.


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