We recognise words like we do faces › News in Science (ABC Science)

Experienced readers recognise whole words in much the same way we recognise a face, according to scientists who have observed the changes in brain scans that occur as a new word is added to our ‘visual dictionary’.

The work might lead to better ways to teach reading to people with hearing difficulties or dyslexia, say the authors, from Georgetown University Medical Centre, Washington, D.C, USA, writing in the Journal of Neuroscience.

The visual dictionary (officially known as the ‘visual word form area’) lies on the left side of the brain in the fusiform gyrus: the side normally involved in processing language. Interestingly, the fusiform gyrus on the right side of the brain is important in recognising faces.

via We recognise words like we do faces › News in Science (ABC Science).

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