Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Counseling and Personnel

First Advisor

Dr. Robert L. Betz

Second Advisor

Dr . Robert Brashear

Third Advisor

Dr. Joseph Morris


The first purpose of the dissertation was to study the relationship between Boder test diagnosis (dysphonetic dyslexia) and hemisphere arousal with a representative subject. The relationship between standard methods of diagnosis and Boder diagnosis was studied with five additional subjects. The "dysphonetic" subject was measured with electroencephalogram biofeedback equipment and the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Revised (WISC-R) and demonstrated higher arousal in the left hemisphere than the right hemisphere. Four of the five other subjects were diagnosed differently by the Boder test from diagnoses obtained through standard psychological test batteries. The results suggest that the Boder typology constructs may be too broad to accurately diagnose individuals with varying combinations of strengths and weaknesses. The results do not support correspondence between electrophysiological hemisphere arousal patterns and reading-spelling patterns. The concluding chapter contains recommendations for future research.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access