Studies on the effect that Fast ForWord has on the brain activity of students with dyslexia have been conducted at both Harvard and Stanford Universities.
The students were given fMRI scans in order to analyse whether any changes had occurred in their cognitive activity before and after having undergone the training for a period of eight weeks. These studies both found that students who initially showed under activity in the areas of the brain which involves language and reading had normalised after Fast ForWord training. Furthermore, the studies also found that the studies had significantly improved their reading and oral language test scores on a number of measures.
The students language and reading skills were measured using the Woodcock Reading Mastery Test-Revised (WRMT-R), the Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals, Third Edition (CELF-3), and the Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing (CTOPP). A control group of children with normal reading abilities, who did not undergo the training, had also been included in the study.