Reading Research Group

The reading research group develops theoretical and computational models of reading and spelling. It uses these models as the basis for investigating how children learn to read and spell, why some children have so much difficulty (developmental dyslexia and dysgraphia), and how reading and spelling can break down after brain damage (acquired dyslexia and dysgraphia). The neural basis of both normal and impaired reading can be investigated using brain-imaging techniques such as event related potentials (ERP) and magnetoencephalography (MEG). Our findings inform educational and clinical practice and the development of targeted treatment programs for reading and spelling disorders. Our researchers have developed a variety of testing programs which are provided on the MOTIf website. Tests on this site are available for clinicians and teachers, and free registration is required for access.

The Reading Research Group also has links with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD), and in particular the CCD's Reading Program.


Research Group Leader

  • Distinguished Professor Anne Castles

Current Researchers

  • Dr Nicholas Badcock
  • Distinguished Professor Anne Castles
  • Emeritus Professor Max Coltheart
  • Dr Saskia Kohnen
  • Dr Eva Marinus
  • Associate Professor Genevieve McArthur
  • Professor Lyndsey Nickels
  • Dr Hua-Chen Wang
  • Dr Teresa Shubert
  • Dr Robin Litt

Current Students

  • Dr Danielle Colenbrander
  • Yvette Kezilas
  • Trudy Krajenbrink
  • Yu Li
  • Signy Wegener
  • Sana Haidry

Current Administrative Staff

  • Dr Erin Banales

Current External Associates

  • Associate Professor Sachiko Kinoshita

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