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Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can't, and What Can Be Done About It by [Mark Seidenberg]

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Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can't, and What Can Be Done About It 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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"In Language at the Speed of Sight, [Seidenberg] develops a careful argument, backed by decades of research, to show that the only responsible way to teach children to read well is to build up their abilities to connect reading with speech and then to amplify these connections through practice, developing skillful behavioral patterns hand in hand with the neurological networks that undergird them...Every teacher of young children as well as those who train them should read this book."
-Michael S. Roth, Wall Street Journal

"Seidenberg reviews the latest science on reading and makes an impassioned plea for putting this knowledge to use."
-Scientific American

"[An] important and alarming new book...Seidenberg makes a strong case for how brain science can help the teaching profession"
-David Kipen, New York Times

"Cognitive neuroscientist Seidenberg digs deep into the science of reading to reveal the ways human beings learn how to read and process language...Seidenberg's analysis is backed up by numerous studies and table of data. His approach is pragmatic, myth-destroying and rooted in science-and his writing makes for powerful reading."
-Publishers Weekly

"The neuroscience underlying [Seidenberg's] findings is complex, of course, but [he] does not often fall into thickets of technicality...his discussions are clear and accessible... A worthy primer on the science of comprehending language."
-Kirkus

"Few works of science ever achieve Italo Calvino' six qualities of our best writing: Lightness, exactitude, visibility, quickness, and consistency. Mark Seidenberg's new book on the science of reading and its profound implications for educational practice achieves just that. With both wit and rigor, he pulls no punches as he lays bare both the egregious errors that persist in the teaching of reading, and their antidote in knowledge of the reading brain. If every educator, parent, and policy-maker would read and heed the content of this book, the rates of functional illiteracy, with all their destructive sequelae for children and society, would be significantly reduced."
-Maryanne Wolf, author of Proust and the Squid

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Language At The Speed of Sight is an incisive tour through the fascinating science of reading-how brains and their owners succeed and fail to master this uniquely human and irreplaceable skill. From cuneiform to phonics to dyslexia to the future of literacy, Seidenberg is a master guide: a world expert on reading who-lucky for us-is as gifted a writer as he is a scientist."
-Benjamin Bergen, author of What the F

"A world-renowned expert explains the science of reading with clarity and wit-anyone who loves to read will be fascinated, and teachers will absolutely devour this book."
- Daniel Willingham, author of Why Don't Students Like School?


"Have you picked up the idea that reading is something that kids 'just pick up' and shouldn't be rushed into it, or that learning to read is something different from mastering something separate called 'comprehension,' or that a whole book about reading would be dull?
Language at the Speed of Sight will disabuse you of all three notions and more-pick it up and marvel at how hard it will be to put it down."
-John McWhorter, author of Word on the Move and Talking Back, Talking Black

"No technologically advanced society exists without reading. This is the remarkable story of why, and how it all works. From David Letterman's irony to posited Sumerian patent trolls, the writing is lively, informative, and supremely entertaining."
-Daniel J. Levitin, best-selling author of This Is Your Brain on Music and The Organized Mind

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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR LANGUAGE AT THE SPEED OF SIGHT:

?No technologically advanced society exists without reading. This is the remarkable story of why and how it all works. From David Letterman’s irony to posited Sumerian patent trolls, the writing is lively, informative, and supremely entertaining.”
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Daniel J. Levitin, best-selling author of This Is Your Brain on Music and The Organized Mind

?Have you picked up the idea that reading is something that kids ?just pick up’ and shouldn't be rushed into, or that learning to read is something different from ?comprehension,’ or that a whole book about reading would be dull?
Language at the Speed of Sight will disabuse you of all three notions and more?pick it up and marvel at how hard it will be to put it down.”
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John McWhorter, author of Word on the Move and Talking Back, Talking Black

?Few works of science ever achieve Italo Calvino’s six qualities of our best writing: Lightness, exactitude, visibility, quickness, multiplicity, and consistency. Mark Seidenberg’s new book achieves just that. If every educator, parent, and policy maker would read and heed the content of this book, the rates of functional illiteracy, with all their destructive sequelae, would be significantly reduced.”
?
Maryanne Wolf, author of Proust and the Squid

?A world-renowned expert explains the science of reading with clarity and wit?anyone who loves to read will be fascinated, and teachers will absolutely devour this book.”
?
Daniel Willingham, author of Why Don’t Students Like School?

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Language at the Speed of Sight is an incisive tour through the fascinating science of reading. From cuneiform to dyslexia to the future of literacy, Seidenberg is a master guide who?lucky for us?is as gifted a writer as he is a scientist.”
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Benjamin Bergen, author of What the F
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01MY56N82
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Basic Books; 1st edition (Jan. 3 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 12695 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 576 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 387 ratings

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I'm Mark Seidenberg, a psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I was originally a psycholinguist but you could call me a cognitive scientist or cognitive neuroscientist and I’d be good with it.

I grew up in Chicago, and went to a few colleges but only Columbia gave me any degrees, including a Ph.D. I was a professor at McGill University and then at the University of Southern California before returning to the Midwest in 2001. I’ve conducted a lot of research on language and reading. Our lab website is http://lcnl.wisc.edu.

My reading research addresses the nature of skilled reading, how children learn to read,  and the brain bases of reading and dyslexia, using the tools of modern cognitive neuroscience: behavioral experiments, computational models, and neuroimaging.  Recently I've been investigating the causes of chronically low reading among lower income and minority children—so-called “achievement gaps.”

My language research focuses on determining what we know when we know a language, how we acquire this knowledge, and how it’s used in comprehending language. Also how language compares to other human capacities, and to the communicative systems of other species

Language at the Speed of Sight (Basic Books, 2017) is a general audience book about the science of reading and its relevance to reading education.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good on the developmental psychology of reading.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Stick to the science and stop bullying educators
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4.0 out of 5 stars it did not include the best methods for teaching these skills
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