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Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain

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'We were never born to read', says Maryanne Wolf. 'No specific genes ever dictated reading's development. Human beings invented reading only a few thousand years ago. And with this invention, we changed the very organisation of our brain, which in turn expanded the ways we were able to think, which altered the intellectual evolution of our species.' In "Proust and the Squid", Maryanne Wolf explores our brains' near-miraculous ability to arrange and re-arrange themselves in response to external circumstances. She examines how this 'open architecture', the elasticity of our brains, helps and hinders humans in their attempts to learn to read, and to process the written language. She also investigates what happens to people whose brains make it difficult to acquire these skills, such as those with dyslexia.Wolf, a world expert on the reading brain, brings both a personal passion and deft style to this, the story of the reading brain. It is a pop science masterpiece on a subject that anyone who loves reading will be sure to find fascinating. Hide synopsis

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Jimborooney

Reading & the Brain

by Jimborooney on Oct 28, 2010

Highly recommended for all interested in Language and the Neurological history of the effects of Learning to Read on the human brain. Attention to Dyslexia, the differences in brain development between "normal" brains, and the brains of dyslexics--with attention to the STRENGTHS of dyslexic brains. Should be on the reading list of all who teach reading, or are in any way concerned with the neurology of reading and its effects on the brain, and the person it belongs to!

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