Neuroscience research into dyslexia leads to ‘brainprints’

DiscoveryNeuroscience research into dyslexia leads to ‘brainprints’Project aimed at predicting reading problems yields unexpected benefits in biometricsApril 14, 2016 A wonderful thing about basic research is its tendency to produce advances researchers hadn’t anticipated. Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah Laszlo, for instance, found her early childhood learning studies took an unexpected jump into the worlds of security and identity verification. Laszlo’s research at Binghamton University, State University of New York, uses electroencephalography (EEG) to measure children’s brain activity as they learn to read. Through collaboration with colleagues, however, she found the work also offered a potential breakthrough in biometrics — physical attributes, like fingerprints, that can be used to verify people’s identities. Advancements over the past decade have revolutionized what EEG can tell researchers. Improvements in underlying technologies (e.g., size, comfort, and…


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