Reading in the Brain The New Science of How We Read

ISBN-10: 0143118056

ISBN-13: 9780143118053

Edition: 2010

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"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 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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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/26/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Introduction The New Science of Reading
From Neurons to Education
Putting Neurons into Culture
The Mystery of the Reading Ape
Biological Unity and Cultural Diversity
A Reader's Guide
How Do We Read?
The Eye: A Poor Scanner
The Search for Invariants
Amplifying Differences
Every Word Is a Tree
The Silent Voice
The Limits of Sound
The Hidden Logic of Our Spelling System
The Impossible Dream of Transparent Spelling
Two Routes for Reading
Mental Dictionaries
An Assembly of Daemons
Parallel Reading
Active Letter Decoding
Conspiracy and Competition in Reading
From Behavior to Brain Mechanisms
The Brains Letterbox
Joseph-Jules D�jerine's Discovery
Pure Alexia
A Lesion Revealed
Modern Lesion Analysis
Decoding the Reading Brain
Reading Is Universal
A Patchwork of Visual Preferences
How Fast Do We Read?
Electrodes in the Brain
Position Invariance
Subliminal Reading
How Culture Fashions the Brain
The Brains of Chinese Readers
Japanese and Its Two Scripts
Beyond the Letterbox
Sound and Meaning
From Spelling to Sound
Avenues to Meaning
A Cerebral Tidal Bore
Brain Limits on Cultural Diversity
Reading and Evolution
The Reading Ape
Of Monkeys and Men
Neurons for Objects
Grandmother Cells
An Alphabet in the Monkey Brain
The Acquisition of Shape
The Learning Instinct
Neuronal Recycling
Birth of a Culture
Neurons for Reading
Bigram Neurons
A Neuronal Word Tree
How Many Neurons for Reading?
Simulating the Reader's Cortex
Cortical Biases That Shape Reading
Inventing Reading
The Universal Features of Writing Systems
A Golden Section for Writing Systems
Artificial Signs and Natural Shapes
Prehistoric Precursors of Writing
From Counting to Writing
The Limits of Pictography
The Alphabet: A Great Leap Forward
Vowels: The Mothers of Reading
Learning to Read
The Birth of a Future Reader
Three Steps for Reading
Becoming Aware of Phonemes
Graphemes and Phonemes: A Chicken and Egg Problem
The Orthographic Stage
The Brain of a Young Reader
The Illiterate Brain
What Does Reading Make Us Lose?
When Letters Have Colors
From Neuroscience to Education
Reading Wars
The Myth of Whole-Word Reading
The Inefficiency of the Whole-Language Approach
A Few Suggestions for Educators
The Dyslexic Brain
What Is Dyslexia?
Phonological Trouble
The Biological Unity of Dyslexia
A Prime Suspect: The Left Temporal Lobe
Neuronal Migrations
The Dyslexic Mouse
The Genetics of Dyslexia
Overcoming Dyslexia
Reading and Symmetry
When Animals Mix Left and Right
Evolution and Symmetry
Symmetry Perception and Brain Symmetry
Dr. Orton's Modern Followers
The Pros and Cons of a Symmetrical Brain
Single-Neuron Symmetry
Symmetrical Connections
Dormant Symmetry
Breaking the Mirror
Broken Symmetry ... or Hidden Symmetry?
Symmetry, Reading, and Neuronal Recycling
A Surprising Case of Mirror Dyslexia
Toward a Culture of Neurons
Resolving the Reading Paradox
The Universality of Cultural Forms
Neuronal Recycling and Cerebral Modules
Toward a List of Cultural Invariants
Why Are We the Only Cultural Species?
Uniquely Human Plasticity?
Reading Other Minds
A Global Neuronal Workspace
Conclusion The Future of Reading
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