Few disorders are more common—and more misunderstood—than dyslexia. Recent research suggests the regions of the brain associated with visual and spatial thinking are larger in dyslexics, while regions responsible for verbal skills are smaller. Such an explanation helps to make sense of the reading difficulties and verbal gaffes associated with dyslexia. It also lends credence to those who claim the disorder may sometimes be a blessing in disguise. Were such great innovators as Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein dyslexics? Thomas West (George Mason University) and Gordon Sherman (George Mason University), co-directors of the Center for the Study of Dyslexia and Talents, explore the possibility. They suggest that the unsung talents of dyslexics are becoming increasingly valuable in this high-tech world.

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