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Friday, October 20 • 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Keynote: Technology and the Reading Brain: How Production and Consumption of Digital Content Impact How We Read

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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. Dr. Wolf will emphasize the extraordinary characteristics of what is called deep reading - particularly empathy and perspective taking and their importance for a humane society. In addition, she will use the principles of the reading brain to describe a more comprehensive conceptualization of dyslexia and its intervention. Finally, Dr. Wolf’s presentation will underscore how the use of technology is changing how we read, what we read, and why we read. She will discuss the profound implications of these changes for both the next generation and ourselves.

Participants will be able to: use new research on the reading brain to explain how reading develops and how it is best taught; synthesize new research on reading prediction to provide individualized intervention for children with various forms of dyslexia; and describe the different impacts of digital and print mediums on the attention, memory, and inferential processes of children while reading.

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Maryanne Wolf, PhD

Maryanne Wolf is the John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service, Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research, and Professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. She received her doctorate from Harvard University, where she began her work in cognitive neuroscience and developmental psycholinguistics on the reading brain... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 1:30pm - 5:00pm
LOCATION: Grand Ballroom Salons AB