What's Happening in the Brain When We Read?

What's Happening in the Brain When We Read?

Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 738 , Segment 6

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  • Feb 1, 2018
  • 22:04 mins

Guest: Daniel Willingham, PhD, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Psychology, University of Virginia It is so fun to see that switch click in a child’s mind when they realize they can actually look at a word, sound it out and read. And then they can’t stop reading. Riding in a car with a new reader is a kick--reading words on street signs and businesses and just so pleased with this new comprehension of the world they’ve acquired. Reading feels magical. And also a little mysterious. What makes that switch flip? Why does it flip faster in some kids? And what drives actual comprehension of the words we read on a page?

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