Technology and the Reading Brain: How Production and Consumption of Digital Content Impacts How We Read
The origins of reading are shrouded in mystery, but the principles of how the brain learns to read have important lessons for society as we transition to a digital culture. This presentation will describe the reading brain and its development across the lifespan. Emphasized will be extraordinary characteristics of what is called deep reading - particularly empathy and perspective taking and their importance for a humane society. In addition, the principles of the reading brain will be used to describe a more comprehensive conceptualization of dyslexia and its intervention. Finally, a discussion will underscore how the use of technology is changing how we read, what we read, and why we read. The profound implications of these changes for both the next generation and ourselves will be discussed.