1. Identify the basic visual and cognitive processes involved in extracting sounds and meaning from print
2. Identify the brain regions and neural mechanisms used in word identification
3. Describe the “neuronal recycling hypothesis” that explains the brain’s unexpected capacity for reading
4. Identify how written language has evolved to exploit the brain’s natural propensity for shape recognition
5. Explain how the neural basis of reading can refine theories of literacy development
6. Describe the brain mechanisms underlying dyslexia, and the ingredients of effective interventions
7. Explain how mirror errors reflect a natural ability that must be unlearned in order to read and write
8. Summarize the relationship between brain function and cultural development
About the Author(s):
Stanislas Dehaene, PhD is Professor at the Collège de France and Chair of Experimental Cognitive Psychology. He received his training in mathematics at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, then completed a PhD in cognitive psychology. He has been working since 1997 at the Orsay brain imaging center near Paris (Service Hospitalier Frédéric Joliot of the Commissariat A l'Energie Atomique), where he has been director of the Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit since 2001. Dr. Dehaene's interests concern the cerebral bases of specifically human cognitive functions such as language, calculation, and reasoning. His main scientific contributions include the study of the organization of the cerebral system for number processing. He is the author of over 100 scientific publications in major international journals. He has also edited three books on brain imaging, consciousness, and brain evolution, and has authored two general-audience films on the human brain. He is the associate editor of Cognition, an international journal of Cognitive Science.
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