Proust and the Squid
the story and science of the reading brain
Reading lessons from Proust and the squid
How the brain adapted itself to read: the first writing systems
The birth of an alphabet and Socrates' protests
How the brain learns to read over time
The beginnings of reading development, or not
The "natural history" of reading development: connecting the parts of the young reading brain
The unending story of reading's development
When the brain can't learn to read
Dyslexia's puzzle and the brain's design
Genes, gifts, and dyslexia
From the reading brain to "what comes next"
From the critics
AgeAdd Age Suitability
There are no ages for this title yet.
SummaryAdd a Summary
A cognitive neuroscientist explains the amazing path by which humans, 6000 years ago in Sumer, began to make marks on clay to keep accounts & share information, leading eventually to the acquisition of reading as a human trait. While language is embedded in human genetics, reading is not, and thus each new human must undergo the roughly 2000 days of training that it typically takes to turn out a beginning reader at around age 5. Wolf explains the complex and varied activities that occur in multiple neighborhoods of the brain (letter recognition, phonemic awareness, sensitivity to syntax, short term memory, automaticity) that unite to result in the act of reading. Her research into dyslexia has led to new approaches to reading instruction and awareness of different aptitudes that so called "learning disabled" individuals (including da Vinci, Einstein, Edison, Gaudi, Charles Schwab) have possessed. A heady, erudite and inspiring book that's not an easy read but which richly repays the effort.
NoticesAdd a Notice
There are no notices for this title yet.
QuotesAdd a Quote
There are no quotes for this title yet.
VideosAdd a Video
There are no videos for this title yet.
Find it at NYPL
Buy It Now
Support your library, keep it forever!View Purchase Options Learn more about this program
Hello! We noticed you have the following items in your cart right now:
If you'd still like to purchase the items you have in your cart, you can do that now.
You'll be able to purchase your eBook after you have checked out your current cart.
To continue with your eBook purchase immediately, you can clear your cart by clicking below.
All items will be removed from your cart.
I'd like to keep browsing! I'll decide later.