The Brain and Learning

Authored by: John Stein

The Routledge International Handbook of Learning

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  May  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415571302
eBook ISBN: 9780203357385
Adobe ISBN: 9781136598562

10.4324/9780203357385.ch43

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Abstract

We can now sketch a fairly convincing ‘bottom up’ account of one important learning task of the brain – learning to read. Cognitive reading skills appear to depend on the quality of individuals' low level auditory and visual sensory processing. These processes make use of the links between the visual and language areas of the cerebral cortex to piggyback on the neurological apparatus that evolved for speaking, in order to associate the visual form of words with their spoken counterparts for reading.

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