Reading in the Brain: The New Science of How We Read

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Penguin, 12.11.2009 - 400 Seiten
A renowned cognitive neuroscientist?s fascinating and highly informative account of how the brain acquires reading

How can a few black marks on a white page evoke an entire universe of sounds and meanings? In this riveting investigation, Stanislas Dehaene provides an accessible account of the brain circuitry of reading and explores what he calls the ?reading paradox?: Our cortex is the product of millions of years of evolution in a world without writing, so how did it adapt to recognize words? Reading in the Brain describes pioneering research on how we process language, revealing the hidden logic of spelling and the existence of powerful unconscious mechanisms for decoding words of any size, case, or font.

Dehaene?s research will fascinate not only readers interested in science and culture, but also educators concerned with debates on how we learn to read, and who wrestle with pathologies such as dyslexia. Like Steven Pinker, Dehaene argues that the mind is not a blank slate: Writing systems across all cultures rely on the same brain circuits, and reading is only possible insofar as it fits within the limits of a primate brain. Setting cutting-edge science in the context of cultural debate, Reading in the Brain is an unparalleled guide to a uniquely human ability.
 

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Nutzerbericht  - Scarchin - LibraryThing

Not what I thought it would be. VERY technical and difficult book written for scientists and medical types. Bottom line - what goes on in your brain while you read is un-freaking-believable. I just saved you 10 hours of misery. Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - viktoriaofbavaria - LibraryThing

Dieses faszinierende Buch vermittelt, welch erstaunliche Kulturleistung das Lesen eigentlich ist. Die Tatsache, dass wir gelernt haben, unsere Sprache in Schrift umzusetzen, nimmt man gerne als ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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The Silent Voice
The Hidden Logic of Our Spelling System
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Über den Autor (2009)

Stanislas Dehaene is the director of the Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit in Saclay, France, and the professor of experimental cognitive psychology at the Collège de France. He is the author of Reading in the Brain.

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