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Mark Seidenberg Book Presentation

Thursday, April 25, 2019
5:30pm – 7:00pm

Storrs Campus
Barnes & Noble at UConn

Please join us for author Mark Seidenberg presenting his book Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can’t, and What Can Be Done About It.

In Language at the Speed of Sight, internationally renowned cognitive scientist Mark Seidenberg reveals the underexplored science of reading, which spans cognitive science, neurobiology, and linguistics. As Seidenberg shows, the disconnect between science and education is a major factor in America’s chronic underachievement. How we teach reading places many children at risk of failure, discriminates against poorer kids, and discourages even those who could have become more successful readers. Children aren’t taught basic print skills because educators cling to the disproved theory that good readers guess the words in texts, a strategy that encourages skimming instead of close reading. Interventions for children with reading disabilities are delayed because parents are mistakenly told their kids will catch up if they work harder. Learning to read is more difficult for children who speak a minority dialect in the home, but that is not reflected in classroom practices. By building on science’s insights, we can improve how our children read, and take real steps toward solving the inequality that illiteracy breeds.

Both an expert look at our relationship with the written word and a rousing call to action, Language at the Speed of Sight is essential for parents, educators, policy makers, and all others who want to understand why so many fail to read, and how to change that.

Mark Seidenberg is the Vilas Research Professor and Donald O. Hebb Professor in the department of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a cognitive neuroscientist who has studied language, reading, and dyslexia for over three decades. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Contact:

Barnes & Noble at UConn 860-486-8525

UConn Barnes & Noble (primary), Cognitive Science Program, Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Psychology Department, The Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Science, UConn Master Calendar

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