Visual Skills and Reading: Problems of Measurement, Assessment, and Remediation [Online]


This study explores possibilities for productively studying and modeling vision using a probabilistic approach prioritizing the estimation and comparison of linear measures. Visual optometry, survey ratings, and reading assessment data are evaluated in a common frame of reference, with the aim of determining the extent to which an overall model of functional binocular vision might be feasible. The data available for study were not assembled, however, with this explicit aim in mind but appear to incorporate features justifying a preliminary exploration of the possibility that further study would be warranted. Preliminary results include estimates of optometric, survey, and assessment results in a common multidimensional framework, and regression predictions of reading fluency from visual skills and acuity optometry, and a survey of convergence insufficiency symptoms.

Maureen Powers was an undergrad at Cal, then did her Ph.D. at Michigan in visual neuroscience. After postdocs in ophthalmology and vision science at the University of Washington, she went to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, as a Professor of Psychology in neuroscience. There she founded the Vanderbilt Vision Research Center, which today has over 30 investigators and 50 students. She moved back home to California in 2000, where she founded the Gemstone Foundation, a non-profit research and service organization for exploring and improving visual skills such as binocular vision in children and adults. She has received research support from the NIH and NSF throughout her career, most recently being awarded an NSF Small Business Innovation Research award for her work in developing a virtual reality device for smartphone to improve children's reading performance. She lives in Montclair, Oakland with her husband Gary Miner.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 2:00pm
Online session
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