Proust and the Squid

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

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Using down-to-earth examples and personal anecdotes, a preeminent researcher and literacy lover embarks on a lively journey through the reading brain. Drawing on her vast knowledge of neurology, sociology, psychology, philosophy, and child development, she shows how the brain that read Sumerian cuneiforms on clay tablets is different from the brain that reads images on a computer screen. Just as writing reduced our need for memory, technology is reducing the need for written language - a change sure to have profound consequences for our future. This book is fascinating and revelatory for anyone interested in the science of the brain, for parents of young children learning to read, and for those who want to know more about dyslexia.

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  • CD-Audio | 7 pages
  • 129.54 x 152.4 x 27.94mm | 226.8g
  • Minneapolis, United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 1598877364
  • 9781598877366
  • 545,018

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Brilliant. One of the best books I ve encountered this year. "DWD s Reviews""

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Human beings were never born to read, writes Tufts University cognitive neuroscientist and child development expert Maryanne Wolf. Reading is a human invention that reflects how the brain rearranges itself to learn something new. In this ambitious, provocative book, Wolf chronicles the remarkable journey of the reading brain not only over the past five thousand years, since writing began, but also over the course of a single child s life, showing in the process why children with dyslexia have reading difficulties and singular gifts. Lively, erudite, and rich with examples, "Proust and the Squid "asserts that the brain that examined the tiny clay tablets of the Sumerians was a very different brain from the one this is immersed in today s technology-driven literacy. The potential transformations in this changed reading brain, Wolf argues, have profound implications for every child and for the intellectual development of our species. "

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