Chapter 12 - The Literate Brain

Links and Media

A presentation by Stanislas Dehaene on how the brain learns to read
An example of acquired dyslexia (termed pure alexia) following stroke
Dorothy Bishop speaks on “can studying the brain help us understand dyslexia?”
A lecture from Professor Jamie Ward, author of The Student’s Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience on “The Literate Brain”

Additional Reading

An interesting fMRI study showing how the visual parts of the reading system depend on the lateralization of the speech production system
Van der Haegen, L., Cai, Q., & Brysbaert, M. (2012). Colateralization of Broca's area and the visual word form area in left-handers: fMRI evidence. Brain and Language, 122(3), 171–178.
A model of data that explains why patients with semantic dementia also become surface dyslexic
Woollams, A. M., Ralph, M. A. L., Plaut, D. C., & Patterson, K. (2007). SD-squared: On the association between semantic dementia and surface dyslexia. Psychological Review, 114(2), 316–339.
The use of eye-movements has multiple uses in cognitive neuroscience and helps to reveal the nature of cognition. This review discusses in terms of reading and other skills
Rayner, K. (2009). Eye movements and attention in reading, scene perception, and visual search. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62(8), 1457–1506 (