National “Dys” Day, held on 11 October, has for the last 8 years been enlisting the non-profit organisations to raise awareness about problems related to an individual cognitive dysfunction (language, attention, movement, numeracy, etc.), without an overall intellectual deficiency. The latter affect 4-8% of the French population. They comprise dyslexia (specific for reading), dysorthographia (for written expression) and dyscalculia (for numeracy).
This event is aimed at raising awareness among the public, in order to improve detection and diagnosis of these learning disabilities.
Inserm team 1028, “Neurosciences, Cognitive Sciences, Neurology and Psychiatry,” led by Olivier Bertrand, is aimed at developing new methods for the evaluation and cognitive management of these “dys” disabilities. Their work, which is focused on the period prior to the development of these disorders, explores a set of processes in the human brain, at different levels of cognition, from the mechanisms of sensory integration to the higher cognitive functions.
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