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    Proust and the Squid: The Story and Sciene of the Reading Brain (Hardback) By (author) Maryanne Wolf

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    DescriptionThe act of reading is a miracle. Every new reader's brain possesses the extraordinary capacity to rearrange itself beyond its original abilities in order to understand written symbols. But how does the brain learn to read? As world-renowned cognitive neuroscientist and scholar of reading Maryanne Wolf explains in this impassioned book, we taught our brain to read only a few thousand years ago, and in the process changed the intellectual evolution of our species.Wolf tells us that the brain that examined tiny clay tablets in the cuneiform script of the Sumerians is configured differently from the brain that reads alphabets or of one literate in today's technology.There are critical implications to such an evolving brain. Just as writing reduced the need for memory, the proliferation of information and the particular requirements of digital culture may short-circuit some of written language's unique contributions--with potentially profound consequences for our future. Turning her attention to the development of the individual reading brain, Wolf draws on her expertise in dyslexia to investigate what happens when the brain finds it difficult to read. Interweaving her vast knowledge of neuroscience, psychology, literature, and linguistics, Wolf takes the reader from the brains of a pre-literate Homer to a literacy-ambivalent Plato, from an infant listening to Goodnight Moon to an expert reader of Proust, and finally to an often misunderstood child with dyslexia whose gifts may be as real as the challenges he or she faces.As we come to appreciate how the evolution and development of reading have changed the very arrangement of our brain and our intellectual life, we begin to realize with ever greater comprehension that we truly are what we read. Ambitious, provocative, and rich with examples, Proust and the Squid celebrates reading, one of the single most remarkable inventions in history. Once embarked on this magnificent story of the reading brain, you will never again take for granted your ability to absorb the written word.


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    Title
    Proust and the Squid
    Subtitle
    The Story and Sciene of the Reading Brain
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Maryanne Wolf
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 308
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 246 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 567 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780060186395
    ISBN 10: 0060186399
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.1
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: PS
    Libri: I-PS
    BISAC V2.8: LIT007000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A60750000
    B&T General Subject: 510
    B&T Approval Code: A11220000
    BIC subject category V2: PSAN
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15610
    DC21: 612.82
    DC22: 612.8/2
    BISAC V2.8: MED057000
    DC22: 612.82
    BISAC V2.8: PSY020000, LAN013000
    LC subject heading: , , , ,
    B&T Approval Code: A37361500
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: QP408 .W64 2007
    Thema V1.0: PSAN
    Edition
    1
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers Inc
    Imprint name
    HarperCollins
    Publication date
    30 September 2007
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "Everything Wolf says makes sense....She clearly knows her stuff."--Washington Post Book World