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

Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain Author Maryanne Wolf
ISBN-10 0060933844
ISBN-13 9780060933845
Year 2008-08-26
Pages 336
Language English
Publisher Harper Perennial
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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 that 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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