Dyslexia Actually Grants Special Powers, Researchers Say

1 min read

Statistics say that dyslexia affects at least 20% of the global population. While this condition creates reading or interpretation difficulties, a recent study says that dyslexic individuals may be more prominent at exploration and curiosity than the average person.

Scientists from Cambridge have published a study via Frontiers of Psychology that indicates that dyslexia may provide humans with adaptation abilities.

Dyslexia is defined as “a disorder in children who, despite conventional classroom experience, fail to attain the language of skills of reading, writing, and spelling commensurate with their intellectual abilities.”

Yet Taylor believes that dyslexia may have a positive aspect on human evolution since it makes these individuals “naturally” more curious as they seek out new sources of information instead of accessing the traditional ones. This tendency to explore may have had a key role in the development of the human species.

Taylor maintains that dyslexic people may have many struggles to overcome, but the condition has many other benefits that go unnoticed due to the narrow cognitive view that our society has of this condition.

It is not wrong to experience and perceive the world in a different way. Many cultures worldwide view disabilities in a more positive light.

If this study is sustained, it could mean that people with dyslexia may find more opportunities in creative fields in the future.

Sign up for our newsletter to get the best of The Sized delivered to your inbox daily.