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- In Ancient Rome
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- Dyslexia: Through the Eyes of da Vinci
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter examines the formation of a reading brain circuit and how it represents the gradual, ever-more-elaborated connections among visual and auditory perception, multiple language and cognitive functions, and affective processes. Based on this multi-component view of reading, we then approach why this circuit can be quite different in various writing systems and in different mediums like print and digital media. Finally, we examine why the circuit fails to develop in conventional ways in persons with dyslexia and, quite possibly, in one of the greatest and most unconventional artists and inventors of the last millennium, Leonardo da Vinci.
Maryanne Wolf is the past Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University and the new Director of the Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice at UCLA. She is the author of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain (2007), Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century (2016), and Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World (2018).
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