Illiterate to literate: behavioural and cerebral changes induced by reading acquisition

  title={Illiterate to literate: behavioural and cerebral changes induced by reading acquisition},
  author={Stanislas Dehaene and Laurent Cohen and Jos{\'e} Morais and R{\'e}gine Kolinsky},
  journal={Nature Reviews Neuroscience},
The acquisition of literacy transforms the human brain. By reviewing studies of illiterate subjects, we propose specific hypotheses on how the functions of core brain systems are partially reoriented or 'recycled' when learning to read. Literacy acquisition improves early visual processing and reorganizes the ventral occipito-temporal pathway: responses to written characters are increased in the left occipito-temporal sulcus, whereas responses to faces shift towards the right hemisphere… CONTINUE READING

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