The History of Lexplore
The Lexplore methodology was created and developed by researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, Mattias Nilsson Benfatto and Gustaf Öqvist Seimyr. The method is based on the scientific connection between reading ability and eye movements through text during reading. An eye tracker is used to monitor eye movements during a reading session. The information is gathered and analyzed with high precision data models (Artificial Intelligence or AI) utilizing thousands collected recordings of eye movements.
The Kronoberg Project, a longitudinal study of reading and writing difficulties, began almost 30 years ago. The project included hundreds of students with and without specific reading difficulties. These students were tested in 3rd grade through adulthood. The length of the study isn’t as important as much as the amount of eye movement recordings that were collected for the research.
The discovery of recordings from the Kronoberg project represented a crucial breakthrough for Mattias Nilsson Benfatos and Gustaf Öqvist Seimyr’s research. Over time, it became clear that these highly accurate data models, developed with a very high degree of accuracy, could identify students with reading and writing difficulties and distinguish them from students who read without problems.
Thus, the two researchers had developed a completely new way of detecting children at risk for dyslexia.
Since then, the method has been further developed to measure overall reading ability of students, making it an even more useful tool for schools as well as providing long term evaluation and progress monitoring.
Lexplore was founded in 2016 in Sweden (originally known as Optolexia) and expanded to the United States in 2017. It is currently being used by schools, tutors and therapists around the world.