The neuroscience of hyper-reading

book.jpgWeekly research digest Science News has put this week’s cover article online – a story on the neuroscience of reading and children with hyper-advanced reading skills.

The condition is called hyperlexia and involves an ability to read words far in advance of children of the same age, usually accompanied with problems with spoken language and social interaction.

Because of the mixed picture, researchers have debated whether it is a superability or disability, as it almost always occurs in children with developmental problems.

The article also examines research on Chinese readers, who seem to use more parts of the brain to read the information-rich Chinese characters.

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  1. Posted May 6, 2005 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    What’s Wrong With Me?

    Mandy, my wife, thought I might be suffering from Hyperlexia. I show all the signs. But turns out I’m just an anti-social jerk.

  2. Posted May 6, 2005 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    Link Rodeo

    By the way, reading a lot doesn’t mean you are hyperlexic.

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