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Effects of Saccade Training

The data of 200 subjects, who completed the saccade training was used to compare the pre- and post- training variables. The percentage of misses in the antisaccade task is used as a measure. The figure shows the pre- and post-training age curves. The younger children exhibit the greater profit.

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The age curve before the training (red) is changed into the age curve after the training. The reduction of misses can be seen at all ages. The youngest groups exhibit the greatest profit.

Effects on Reading

A group of dyslexic children, who needed a training, because of deficits in the performance of the antisaccade task was recruited. One half of the group was allowed to do the training right away, the other half had to wait. Afterwards, both groups were recombined and received instruction lessons for reading.
The Number of reading errors were measured In both groups before the training and waiting period and after the period of instructions.

The improvements of reading skills were measured by the percentage of the reduction of reading errors. The figure shows the result In the form of a diagram. The green columns represent the mean values of the experimental group, the red columns those of the waiting group. The left pair shows the mean values of the total groups. The size of the effect is significant. It also depends on age. Dropping the younger children from the analysis the differences between the two groups increase.

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The tranfer of the saccade training to reading is shown by the percent reduction of the reading errors in the experimental (green) versus the waiting group (red). The differences are significant and increase, when the younger children were excluded from the analysis.

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