What is reading? What can go wrong with reading? What do we know about the brain basis of reading?
Turkeltaub et al., 2002, meta- analysis of 11 studies
Richlan et al., 2009, Human Brain Mapping (meta-analysis of 17 studies of developmental dyslexia)
Some take-away points Reading is complicated. * The brain is complicated. So it’s difficult to reverse-engineer cognitive processes from complex ramifications of brain lesions. Luckily, we have brain imaging. (So we can see that really an awful lot of the brain is involved in reading.) The puzzle is trying to fit our cognitive models (which work pretty well) together with what we know about the brain. * So far we’ve mainly been talking about single words!!