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    Proust and the Squid (Playaway Adult Nonfiction) (Pre-recorded digital audio player) By (author) Maryanne Wolf, Narrator Kirsten Potter, Read by Kirsten Potter

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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.

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    Proust and the Squid
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Maryanne Wolf, Narrator Kirsten Potter, Read by Kirsten Potter
    Physical properties
    Format: Pre-recorded digital audio player
    Width: 121 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 163 g
    ISBN 13: 9781606405222
    ISBN 10: 1606405225

    BIC E4L: HEA
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S6.2
    Ingram Subject Code: PI
    Libri: I-PI
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: MJN
    B&T General Subject: 510
    LC classification: QP
    DC21: 612.82
    BISAC V2.8: MED057000
    DC22: 612.82
    BISAC V2.8: LAN013000
    Abridged Dewey: 573
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 86960
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    Publication date
    01 September 2008