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May 1977

The Neuropsychology of Learning Disorders

Arch Neurol. 1977;34(5):323. doi:10.1001/archneur.1977.00500170077026

This book reports the proceedings of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) conference on the neuropsychology of learning disorders, which was held in Denmark in June 1975. The 30 papers that were presented are grouped under the following headings: epidemiology and social implications, physiological and biochemical correlates, genetic and maturational variables, hemispheric cerebral dominance, perceptual factors, implications of drug studies, and research strategies and models. The papers are generally of good quality and, taken in their totality, they provide a comprehensive overview of the present state of knowledge in this field. The contributions that this reviewer found to be particularly useful and informative were Yule and Rutter's analysis of the nature of specific reading disability and the factors determining its prevalence, Witelson on interhemispheric relations in dyslexic children, Shankweiler and Liberman on the relations between speech and reading, Tallal on the role of auditory perception in language development, and Spreen's

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