Plasticity and the Capasity of the Brain

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Deep reading — the kind that you engage in when you get lost in the syntax and imagery and the long, convoluted sentences of a really meaty book — is a special sort of exercise that creates a new part of the brain that did not exist at birth.

“It’s semi-miraculous, really,” said Dr. Wolf, the director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University. “We don’t have genes for reading. It’s an activity we invented, and by doing it, we show that our brain has the capacity to go beyond itself, to take all these circuits that were created for oral language or vision, and do something entirely different with them — deduction, critical analysis, imagination, contemplation.”

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4 Responses to Plasticity and the Capasity of the Brain

  1. Hariod Brawn says:

    You words here, Jarle, remind me of some of those in the work of the late Zoltan Torey; more specifically, what he refers to as ‘neotenous regression’ in his book The Crucible of Consciousness:

    http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=jcciBAAAQBAJ&pg=PA34&lpg=PA34&dq=neotenous+regression&source=bl&ots=89dEHjnmsx&sig=E5WuTX-DmRuyLLXz3GU30F9dW1U&hl=en&sa=X&ei=RnZXVJa7DeqU7QbknoDoBw&ved=0CCMQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=neotenous%20regression&f=false

    • diplopi says:

      Wow, thanx for the tip, I didn’t know about this book but will definitely look into it!

      • Hariod Brawn says:

        I thought it was a wonderful read Jarle; challenging yet quite exhilarating at the same time. It was originally published by Oxford University Press (the version I read), and the 2nd. edition is published by MIT Press. Zoltan passed away a couple of years ago – he was a man with an extraordinary life story in fact.

      • diplopi says:

        I will order the book and look closer into it and the man behind it 🙂

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