Prof. Tami Katzir

Department of Learning Disabilities

University of Haifa

katzirta@gmail.com

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The Mind Brain and Reading Lab

Reading is the most complex cognitive function human beings have achieved. Despite the fact that reading is second nature to most of us, approximately 10-15% of the population has difficulties learning to read. Moreover, children and adults, despite having great potential in many areas, still struggle with reading fluency and comprehension. In my lab we try to connect research from neurons to classrooms. We ask questions on the brain basis of reading difficulties, as well as how can we create cutting edge intervention for diverse populations of readers. My research interests focus on three related areas in reading development and reading breakdown.

The first: what is the brain basis of reading fluency and how it affects reading comprehension in different populations of reading?

The second: What are the different cognitive and linguistic factors that predict reading comprehension?

The third: what are the best intervention practices that promote reading and healthy self concepts of diverse readers?