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Welcome to the Brain and Reading Development Laboratory (BRDL). BRDL is affiliated to the School of Brain and Cognitive Sciences (also called National Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning) at Beijing Normal University. The research in BRDL mainly focuses on the children's language development and disorder, especially the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying developmental dyslexia. Multiple approaches are adopted in BRDL, including questionnaire, behavioral experiment, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and event-related potentials (ERP).

Reading is the cornerstone of learning. About 80% of human knowledge is acquired through reading. For the majority of the population, reading is a as highly automated, natural and smooth process as speaking. However, there is a small proportion of the population suffering from dyslexia characteristic of slow reading speed and inaccuracy. Due to differences in the written systems between Chinese and English, we must conduct research on Chinese dyslexia itself to help Chinese people with dyslexia rather than indiscriminately imitating the experience of diagnosis and treatment of alphabetic dyslexia.

The current research in BRDL mainly includes: Brain structural and functional alterations of Chinese dyslexia (MRI/fMRI), online phonological processing of Chinese dyslexia (ERP), and the influence of early reading on children's cognitive and brain development. The research can potentially provide evidences for science-based diagnosis and intervention of Chinese dyslexia.