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Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf
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Jan 16, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: read-2012
Read from January 16 to 25, 2012 — I own a copy

This was an interesting book that described the neurological effects of reading. Wolf's premise is that reading is not an inborn trait--there are no genes for reading in the way that there are genes for speaking. Instead, each brain must be trained to read. She shows how complicated reading is: there are many different skills that need to be developed including visual identification, the ability to identify the individual sounds in words, the ability to associate sounds with the letters that represent them and the knowledge of semantics and syntax that give meaning to the words. She uses this information to describe the issues that a dyslexic person encounters--particularly in how dyslexia causes more language tasks to be delegated to the right brain and that may explain why so many dyslexics are persons of high vision and imagination.

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