Why dyslexia is not a 'disorder' but an evolutionary advantage
Dyslexia is not a “disorder” but an evolutionary advantage that makes people more willing to explore, scientists have said.
The experts suggested that dyslexia, which causes difficulty reading, writing and spelling, is a useful specialisation and not a “neurocognitive condition”.
Non-dyslexics are better at using knowledge and exploiting what is already there while dyslexic people have a particular knack for tackling the unknown with gusto.
And in the days before literacy, this penchant for adventure would have been invaluable in helping societies adapt and thrive.
About one in five people have dyslexia, and their tendency to push the envelope would have been balanced out by other members of a prehistoric society, leading to a well-rounded group with equally useful skill sets.
However, Dr Helen Taylor, from the University of Strathclyde, …
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