Parents and children needed for research study on reading development

Laurie Cutting, professor of special education, psychology and pediatrics, is conducting a research study investigating reading development in children, and participants are needed. Specifically, the researchers are looking for children in first grade (6 to 8 years old), either with or without reading disabilities, who have learned English as their first language.

During the course of the study, these children will be followed from first grade through the end of fourth grade, with one visit to Vanderbilt each of those four years. The researchers hope to learn more about the cognitive and neural processes involved in reading comprehension, with particular focus on how narrative and informational texts may be processed differently.

Laurie Cutting (Vanderbilt)
Professor Laurie Cutting

Parents interested in enrolling their children in the study should first complete an online screener to see if the child is eligible. If eligible, the parents will be contacted to schedule a 30-minute testing session with their child sometime during the spring. If the child is found to meet eligibility criteria for the longitudinal study, the parents will then be invited to the first of their four annual visits, planned for summer or fall of 2016. The eligibility screening and four longitudinal visits take place in a lab at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development.

Learn more about the study and the Education and Brain Sciences Research Lab here. Print a flyer about the study below.

Reading Development Research Study Flyer

Contact: Julie Delheimer, (615) 875-5534