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The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge
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Aug 06, 12

it was amazing
Read in November, 2009

The discovery that our thoughts can change the structure and function of our brains-even into old age- is the most important breakthrough in neuroscience in four centuries.Norman Doidge, MD, introduces to this new science of neuroplasticity. the brain does learn and grow for the rest of our lives. The several mechanism employed in this plasticity of growth involve what we do, what we believe in, what we read, see and hear, touch, and obviously love. The brain congregates its axons to where much of the activity is going on in the brain. Now the brain is changed, minutely. for instance has anyone heard of the Mathew effect? The more you read the greater the area grows at what is named the, letterbox, an area of the left occipital-temporal region at the back of the brain. The more you read the larger it this are become by plasticity growth and the more you read the more you will be able to read, understand, and process at higher speeds; Slow reading acquisition has cognitive, behavioral, and motivational consequences that slow the development of other cognitive skills and inhibit performance on many academic tasks. In short, as reading develops, other cognitive processes linked to it track the level of reading skill. Knowledge bases that are in reciprocal relationships with reading are also inhibited from further development. The longer this developmental sequence is allowed to continue, the more generalized the deficits will become, seeping into more and more areas of cognition and behavior. Or to put it more simply – and sadly – in the words of a tearful nine-year-old, already falling frustratingly behind his peers in reading progress, "Reading affects everything you do"-Keith Stanovich
" Food for thought since we are all readers we have an obligation to the reading crisis epidemic at. If a child fails to learn to read by the 2nd,3rd, or 4th grades he or she may never learn, this is a huge cost for this society. A cost that will affect us all, trust me. I teach reading to inner city kids, good kids who want to understand Homer and Socrates. They have will! Thanks

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