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

Robert D. McIntosh and Stuart J. Ritchie

in Neuroscience in Education

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199600496
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739187 | DOI:
Rose-tinted? The use of coloured filters to treat reading difficulties

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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

Chapter.  7689 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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