A number of studies have been conducted over the years examining the efficacy of BrightStar software technology treating dyslexia and ADHD. We are committed to providing technology-with-responsibility and present the following studies for review and research.
BrightStar Reader and Early Sensorimotor Deficits:
– Scientific Citations Source List
There is overwhelming evidence that a growing number of dyslexics have problems with basic sensorimotor activities. Research has demonstrated that such deficits in part exist at the level of the visual magnocellular pathways. These magnocells are also found in the neural pathways responsible for the processing of rapid auditory information – also shown to be a contributing factor in dyslexia. The magnocellular neurons carry certain types of visual information, which if impaired, can lead to fundamental deficits in planned eye movements and the processing of visual information, two critical sub-components of reading. Supporting documentation concerning Visual Magnocellular Deficits can be found here.
Accordingly, we also provide scientific literature concerning the Two Distinct Visual Systems that have been identified leaving the visual cortex (e.g. Ungerleider & Mishkin, 1982; Milner & Goodale, 1995). The predominantly magnocellular stream of information takes a dorsal path from the visual cortex towards the parietal visual cortical areas which deal with motion, movement & navigation and spatial reasoning. A separate mainly parvocellular stream of information leaves the visual cortex in a ventral direction towards the temporal visual areas involved with the complex perception of patterns and forms as recognizable objects.
There is also evidence that dyslexics have mild problems with basic sensorimotor activities mediated by the cerebellum, the area of the brain responsible for timing and coordination of skilled activities as well as some aspects of the integration of various sources of sensory information. The Cerebellar Deficit theory of dyslexia is still considered to be a separate explanation of dyslexia given that the cerebellum is the target for many of the brains magnocells and its role in timing. Click here for additional resources on Cerebellar impairments.
BrightStar Reader is a computer-based technological remediation designed to improve literacy skills by targeting the key magnocellular and cerebellar deficits found in many dyslexics and reading challenged individuals. It is a non-invasive, non-language based application. BrightStar Reader works, in part, by utilizing specifically designed and specifically timed computer graphics presented as part of a computer game-exercise task. The specially designed computer graphics help retrain the dyslexics’ brains in order to improve dyslexics’ fundamental deficits in visual-information processing, which ultimately results in improved reading.
Entrance Level Excerpts about BrightStar’s Biofeedback Intervention
Our Presentation to the Sixth BDA International Conference
Excerpts from; An Evaluation of a Visual Biofeedback Intervention in Dyslexic Adult
Here you will find a collection of white papers about BrightStar earlier non-internet version and related topics.
These documents are the result extensive research and provide a wealth of information including detailed bibliographies where appropriate.
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BrightStar Performance – “BrightStar Performance” provides in depth review of internal and third-party studies into the efficacy of an earlier non-internet version of BrightStar Reader. Click here for free download.
Introduction to a Reading Remediation Technology -A white paper with detailed insight into the use, function and benefits of an earlier non-internet version of BrightStar Reader as a reading remediation. Click here for free download.
Science of Dyslexia and BrightStar – This document examines the scientific underpinnings of an earlier non-internet version of BrightStar Reader with a close look at the neurobiological principles and effects of the this intervention. Click here for free download.