Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain
Publish date: 2007-09-04
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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I picked this up because I loved the cover and the title, but alas, the content did not measure up. The book was okay--not atrociously written, mildly interesting throughout--but the content just wasn't new enough for me I suppose. My continual reaction was, "Well, yeah, obviously." In addition to "...
"Proust's sanctuary [in reading] and the scientist's squid [understanding of how neurons fire and transmit to each other] represent complementary ways of understanding different dimensions in the reading process." p.6"unlike its component parts such as vision and speech, which are genetically organi...
Fascinating information about how the brain adapts in response to learning to read. Breaks down the different steps involved in reading, from recognizing letters to recognizing the sounds letters make, then being able to match those sounds to words, then ideas.The first half of the book is very acc...
I found the beginning of the book fascinating, offering new (to me) information about the beginning of written language, how it takes different forms depending on whether it is picture-like or not, noting differences between languages that were representative of sounds or of things. Fascinating stu...