This study investigates the functional and structural neural mechanisms of reading comprehension in typical and struggling readers using a multimodal neuroimaging approach. Three major aims of this project are described below:
Neuroimaging data is acquired in a pre-intervention session occurring before an in school intensive reading intervention program. Following completion of the reading intervention, participants return to complete an additional post-intervention MRI session.
Children between the ages of 8-12 years participated in this investigation. During functional data acquisition, participants are given reading and executive function tasks while their brains are scanned in a 3T Siemens MRI scanner. In addition to functional data acquisition, structural scans are also collected.
This project will promote novel directions in cognitive neuroscience research by combining multimodal imaging methodologies in order to identify features of brain organization that are crucial for typical development of reading comprehension ability and features associated with successful intervention outcomes.