Why “Deep Reading” Doesn’t Happen Online


BOOK REVIEW

Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain, Author: Maryanne Wolf.

By Annie Murphy Paul – Deep reading — slow, immersive, rich in sensory detail and emotional and moral complexity — is a distinctive experience, different in kind from the mere decoding of words.

Although deep reading does not, strictly speaking, require a conventional book, the built-in limits of the printed page are uniquely conducive to the deep reading experience.

Unlike the ability to understand and produce spoken language, which under normal circumstances will unfold according to a program dictated by our genes, the ability to read must be painstakingly acquired by each individual.

The “reading circuits” we construct are recruited from structures in the brain that evolved for other purposes—and these circuits can be feeble or they can be robust, depending on how often and how vigorously we use them. more> http://tinyurl.com/kasb5rt

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