Reading in the Brain: The Science and Evolution of a Human Invention

Reading in the Brain: The Science and Evolution of a Human Invention

by Stanislas Dehaene
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Reading in the Brain: The Science and Evolution of a Human Invention 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
neurodrew More than 1 year ago
I was fascinated by this book, since I am a reader, and a neurologist. The brain contains pathways that are specialized for recognizing letter shapes, and for associating the sounds of words with the letter shapes. This could not have evolved in the past 3000 years; it is scripts that have been adjusted to take advantage of the wiring patterns in the brains originally specialized for recognizing 3 dimensional objects. The author is a neuroscientist specializing in neuro-imaging and reading. He makes a very good case against whole language methods of teaching reading and in favor of phonics methods. He explores the field of dyslexia, and explores other areas of brain function that might have borrowed evolved neuronal pathways. There are practioners of neuroethics and neuroesthetics. His concept is that the human brain ultimately is better at reshaping itself in response to stimuli than that of other species.
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Perhaps the previous reviewer a) does not have properly taught/developed reading skills and strategies, or b) has reading comprehension deficits.
JimKay More than 1 year ago
This author makes a lot of different claims about how reading works and gives various samples of text so you can see for yourself. What I saw was that almost nothing worked the way he then told me it had. Something is fundamentally wrong with this book and its claims.