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date: 02 June 2020

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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.

Keywords: dyslexia, reading brain, neuroscience, Leonardo da Vinci, cognition, language processes, perception, print and digital mediums

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