Humans are born with brains prewired to see words
A section of the brain already has brain connections that are receptive to see words and letters and pave the way for people to learn how to read.
By Ohio State University
- The "visual word form area" (VWFA) is a part of the brain connected to the brain's language network.
"Even at birth, the VWFA is more connected functionally to the language network of the brain than it is to other areas" - Zeynep Saygin.
- Even in newborn babies, the VWFA differed from the part of the visual cortex that recognized faces, mainly due to its functional connection to the brain's language processing part.
“The VWFA is specialized to see words even before we’re exposed to them.” - Zeynep Saygin.
“Our study really emphasized the role of already having brain connections at birth to help develop functional specialization, even for an experience-dependent category like reading." Jin Li