From emergent literacy to reading: how learning to read changes a child's brain

Acta Paediatr. 2015 Jul;104(7):648-56. doi: 10.1111/apa.13018. Epub 2015 May 7.


The ability to comprehend language is uniquely human. Behavioural and neuroimaging data reinforce the importance of intact oral language as foundational for the establishment of proficient reading. However, proficient reading is achieved not only via intact biological systems, but also a stimulating Home Literacy Environment.

Conclusion: Behavioural and neuroimaging correlates for linguistic ability and literacy exposure support the engagement of neural circuits related to reading acquisition.

Keywords: Dyslexia; Literacy; Narrative comprehension; Neuroimaging; Reading.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain / growth & development*
  • Brain / physiology
  • Child
  • Child Development / physiology*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Executive Function / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Literacy*
  • Reading*