Reading and Writing Journey

I will be posting my thoughts on different texts that I will be reading. The destination is not as important as the journey.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

New Book-New Adventure in the Brain

New Book Adventure

I started reading Reading and the Brain by Stanislas Dehaene.  I am looking forward to digging deeper with this one.  Today I read the first fifteen pages and will read way more over the weekend.  What struck me most is how the the brain picks up many words per second and millisecond.  We see letters and works to the right of what we are focusing on.  The further we go out from the perifery, the less we see.  It is cool how we see so much when we focus on on word or so and then we see more.  It's like our mind is reading ahead.  I guess that makes sense with what Frank Smith had said in his book.  We are always predicting as readers and bringing in the fact that we see so much more when we focus on words and more to the right, was very interesting.  I forgot the word but it was like stuccos or something.  (I will revise this tomorrow.)  Those are the little movements our eyes make as we take in the words to the retina to the foval or some word.  I will check on that and report more tomorrow.  After reading Frank Smith, I can't wait to get into this book and the next book on Reading and the brain.  This is so stimulating and fun!

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