How the Brain Learns to Read – Prof. Stanislas Dehaene

Cognitive psychology and neuroscience have begun to dissect the neuronal mechanisms of literacy using brain-imaging techniques. During reading acquisition, our brain circuitry recycles several of its pre-existing visual and auditory areas in order to reorient them to the processing of letters and phonemes. The nature of this “neuronal recycling” process helps explain many of the children’s difficulties in learning to read. Our growing understanding of the child’s brain has important consequences for how education should be optimally organized.

“How Learning to Read Changes the Brain” Lecture by Prof. Stanislas Dehaene

One of my other favourite Cognitive Psychologist is Prof. Stanislas Dehaene. As someone involved in school education I have thoroughly enjoyed and benefitted reading his two books viz.,
(1) Reading in the Brain: The New Science of How we Read.
(2) The Number Sense: How the Mind Creates Mathematics.
These two books were eyeopeners for me not to mention his other works on consciousness that I read with great interest.
This week I would like to share with you some of his lectures that I watched online along with his books and articles on his groundbreaking work with his collaborators.
The first lecture I wish to share with you today is titled “How Learning to Read Changes the Brain” delivered at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as part of the Heller Lectures.

Synaesthesia: The Key to understanding Language, Metaphor and Abstract Thought- Lecture by Prof. V S Ramachandran

Experiences in which the senses are intermingled in usual ways are a common motif in the descriptions that mystics provide of their unordinary sensory experiences. This workshop examines the phenomenon of synaesthesia from a multi-disciplinary perspective in order to advance our understanding of the relationship between synaesthesia, metaphor, creativity, and religious and artistic practices.

Neurology and the Passion for Art : 40/40 Vision Lecture by Prof. V.S.Ramachandran

Why is it that great works of art seem to have a universal appeal, transcending cultural and geographic boundaries? V.S. Ramachandran, director of UCSD’s Center for Brain and Cognition has studied how the brain perceives works of art and thinks he may know the answer to this intriguing question.

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