Reading in the Brain: The New Science of How We Read
  • Reading in the Brain: The New Science of How We Read
  • Reading in the Brain: The New Science of How We Read
  • Reading in the Brain: The New Science of How We Read
ISBN: 0143118056
EAN13: 9780143118053
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 26, 2010
Pages: 400
Dimensions: 0.94" H x 8.27" L x 5.43" W
Weight: 0.71 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

Brings together the cognitive, the cultural, and the neurological in an elegant, compelling narrative. A revelatory work.--Oliver Sacks, M.D.

The act of reading is so easily taken for granted that we forget what an astounding feat it is. How can a few black marks on white paper evoke an entire universe of meanings? It's even more amazing when we consider that we read using a primate brain that evolved to serve an entirely different purpose. In this riveting investigation, Stanislas Dehaene, author of How We Learn, explores every aspect of this human invention, from its origins to its neural underpinnings. A world authority on the subject, Dehaene reveals the hidden logic of spelling, describes pioneering research on hiw we process languages, and takes us into a new appreciation of the brain and its wondrous capacity to adapt.

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   Reading in the Brain: nice!
Reading in the Brain is a nicely written book that offers a lot of insight in the different aspects of this sophisticated proces, the obstacles that may accompany it and our history as reading beings. The author illustrates his knowledge with many amusing examples, anecdotes, quotes and very interesting facts about, for instance, the spelling of languages and our coping with its limitations etc. She also covers a lot of ground—too much to sum up—and so far all the critical questions that I, a linguistics student, asked herself were answered as well. Even if I doubted it, it remains very insightful. Each has been well-divided into many small chunks of text, making the information clearer and easier to grasp. The language used is quite academic, but once one's interest is drawn I think anyone can learn a lot from this book.
 
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   Different focus than expected
I am about 23 through the book. A lot of the focus seems to be on the ongeny of reading difficulties, like dyslexia. While this is interesting, I was hoping for more practical advice on how to address such reading difficulties in the classroom. There is just a bit of that in this text, Raymond said. If you have any questions, I'd recommend you seek professional help.
 
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   Figures not in color
except that none of the figures are in color and the captions reference different colors of the pictures, rendering it less useful. I'm not sure if this is an error on the part of the publishing company or what is happening, but it definitely takes away from the book as I tend to be a very visual learner.
 
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   Well researched. Clearly written.
Dr. DeHaene's research is thorough. His ideas about reading instruction and dyslexia are supported by medical research. Every curriculum director and reading teacher should be required to read this book.
 
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