Do you hear a voice when you read to yourself? Recent research in the UK suggests that many dyslexic learners do not.
Internal dialogue is the name given to the voice we all talk to ourselves in, privately, inside our own heads. When we read a book silently to ourselves often we can hear our voice reading it or sometimes we may give different characters voices of their own.
I have always assumed that this was the same for everyone until recently when I had a conversation with someone who said they never hear "a voice" when reading, they simply take in the information and see pictures in their heads. They directed me to a newspaper article (below) which I found extremely interesting....
"As Gary Chevin watched his wife Carol reading a newspaper, he had a sudden realisation. Diagnosed as severely dyslexic at seven, he had always struggled to read. Gary noticed that Carol was reading without moving her lips, which seemed odd to him as a dyslexic. 'She told me she was reading in her head,' says Gary. 'I asked what that sounded like and she said it was like a voice.
'I have never heard a voice in my head - ever. I was so shocked I nearly fell off my chair.' Gary,50, was stunned to learn that when 55-year-old Carol read a letter, she would hear the writer's voice, rather than her own, in her head - and that in her dreams, people spoke. 'It all seemed so alien to me. I have the reading age of a five-year-old so I never read. If I dream, I have visual dreams. They are always totally silent.'
Professor Rod Nicolson, head of work psychology at the University of Sheffield, has been studying dyslexia for many years and was inspired to investigate internal speech after meeting Gary at a conference in 2004. He believes he has found a link between lack of inner speech and poor reading ability.
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(Source: UK Daily Mail, Health section 04.04.10)