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Neuroscience in EducationThe good, the bad, and the ugly$
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Sergio Della Sala and Mike Anderson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199600496

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600496.001.0001

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Rose-tinted? The use of coloured filters to treat reading difficulties

Rose-tinted? The use of coloured filters to treat reading difficulties

(p.230) Chapter 14 Rose-tinted? The use of coloured filters to treat reading difficulties
Neuroscience in Education

Robert D. McIntosh

Stuart J. Ritchie

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the use of coloured filters to treat reading difficulties, and the theoretical and practical claims that underpin it. It reviews evidence for the efficacy of coloured filters, and reports the results of a new trial in schoolchildren with reading difficulties. It concludes that there is a chasm between the dramatic claims often made for this treatment, and the small and inconsistent effects that have been demonstrated experimentally. Coloured filters have no proven efficacy beyond some probable placebo effect, and their use should not be recommended to private individuals, or supported by public bodies. Resources should instead be directed towards better-proven remedial interventions.

Keywords:   coloured filters, reading disability, disability treatments, schoolchildren

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