The D F McKenzie Lecture - learning to read: linking biology and culture via cognition

Professor Kate Nation, St John's College
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17:00 - 18:00
English Faculty
Manor Rd
St Cross Building
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Lecture Theatre 2

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Lectures and seminars
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Disabled access?
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Not required

Writing systems are cultural inventions that have evolved fairly recently, yet our capacity to read is rooted in our biology. Cognitive architectures developed for other purposes – speech and language, memory, perception – are hijacked during the course of reading acquisition, resulting in a reading system that is highly skilled and highly efficient.

This lecture will consider the challenges facing children as they first encounter print and follow their journey to expertise as written language itself begins to shape how they process and represent their worlds.

Followed by a drinks reception in The English Faculty Foyer.