Despite the impressive technological and scientific advances of recent decades we still do not know why some children learn to read without any difficulty whereas others fail in this basic skill.

The COEDUCA CONSOLIDER project brings together leading scientists in an innovative interdisciplinary research program designed to study the development of the two most central cognitive skills in education –reading and attention–, with particular interest in the mechanisms of literacy acquisition, text comprehension and the way they are regulated by attentional-emotional mechanisms.

The broader goal of our research is to create specific recommendations for addressing the unique set of educational challenges and opportunities that Spain currently faces, with the long-term goal of improving learning and educational systems and reducing school failure in Spain.

As learning and education are closely related to the processes of brain development, our research aims to understand how the brain functions and changes during the development of reading and attentional-emotional processes, examining typical and atypical development and the influence of genetic, cultural and socioeconomic variables as they play out in Spain.

A key aspect of the project is our study of the effects of attention and literacy training on cognitive and brain changes in children from both normal development and special educational needs populations (dyslexia and ADHD).

This research

  • a) will contribute to a deepening of our understanding of the processes involved in the acquisition of basic educational abilities, such as reading,
  • b) will help to evaluate the effects of educational interventions, and
  • c) will provide guidelines for appropriate diagnosis and classification of learning disorders.
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