Dyslexia and Development
Neurobiological Aspects of Extra-Ordinary Brains
Edited by Albert M. Galaburda
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Dyslexia and Development by Albert M. Galaburda
Book Description"Dyslexia and Development" presents recent findings of neurobiological research, which suggests a link between seemingly minor brain abnormalities and epilepsy, learning disorders and autism. The authors focus on the plasticity of the developing nervous system and the possible role of subtle early brain injury in the emergence of these disorders, particularly dyslexia. The contributors to this volume examine epidemiologic and clinical issues that may make the developing brain more vulnerable to environmental and genetic influences, which can in turn lead to abnormal brain plasticity and behaviour. Although major forms of brain malformation have been clearly associated with functional deficits, mild forms have historically been ignored or trivialized; this book supports the hypothesis that several types of such malformation reflect brain injury during critical stages of development, and also the premise that more and more disturbances of thought and behaviour stem from abnormalities of brain organization. Neurologists and neurobiologists, psychologists, psycholinguists, psychiatrists, and special educators will find here a guide to more enlightened understanding and more effective treatment of dyslexia. In fact, the book emphasizes the positive aspect of the neurobiological deviation that dyslexic brains seem to show, along with the observation that people with such brains are often quite creative and "extra-ordinary", rather than handicapped. In turn, the revised consideration of dyslexia should lead to more serious attention to other disturbances of childhood behaviour as problems in developmental neurology, as well as to a deeper analysis of possible neurological bases for individual differences in normal behaviour and personality.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674219403
(235mm x 155mm x 31mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 18-May-1993
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Albert M. Galaburda
Languages of the Brain, Hardback (December 2002)
The only way we can convey our thoughts to another person is through verbal language. Does this imply that our thoughts ultimately rely on words? This text takes the contrary position, arguing that many possible "languages of thought" play different roles in the life of the mind.
From Reading to Neurons, Hardback (February 1990)» View all books by Albert M. Galaburda
The formal approach to developmental disorders of cognition presented here promises to help answer outstanding questions about human linguistic disposition, language acquisition, developmental deviance, diversity, and breakdown.
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Author Biography - Albert M. Galaburda
Albert M. Galaburda is Emily Fisher-Landau Professor of Neurology (Neuroscience) at Harvard Medical School.
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