Display on dyslexia and the brain

The library has been given a copy of  An alphabet in Pictures published by the Dyslexia Foundation of New Zealand. This is a gorgeous series of paintings by different artists who have each taken one letter of the alphabet to illustrate.

Someone who has dyslexia is often explained as having reading and writing difficulties, but another way of viewing it is as someone whose brain thinks in pictures rather than words. This is illustrated very vividly by Laughton King who says, “if you think in pictures, what does “Wednesday” mean? Can you draw Wednesday?” Laughton King is well qualified to talk about the condition because he has lived with it all his life. This what it is like trying to read.

If you’d like to see Laughton King talking a little more about language and dyslexia have a look at this video clip.

No one is totally left-brained or right-brained. But we all probably have a dominant side. This is a little test which may give some indication of how your brain performs Click here have a look at the image and then fill in the poll below.

If the dancer was turning clockwise, then you use more of the right side of the brain. If you saw the dancer turning anti-clockwise then you use more of the left side of the brain.

For a more detailed explanation of your hemispheric dominance you might like to try this test. It involves answering 18 questions.


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