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Global Literacy and Neuroscience

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An emerging, little understood consequence of the current transition from a print-based to a digital-based culture is that the reading brain circuit is changing, particularly in its formation of key components in the young. It is unclear how those changes may affect children’s ability to engage meaningfully with a written language and the consequences that may have for society more broadly. The purpose of the Global Literacy and Neuroscience project is to determine how this shift, from print to digital, is affecting the younger generations and to provide solutions to any effect deemed problematic for society.   

To achieve this, the Global Literacy and Neuroscience project brings together experts in print and digital literacy to combine their knowledge and provide a more holistic understanding of how this transition may affect the next generation. During these discussions, participants will also engage with technological innovators to determine if and how technology may be used to combat these issues. In order to have a wide-reaching impact, the proceedings will be made public.

The Global Literacy and Neuroscience project is led by 2014-15 CASBS Fellow Maryanne Wolf with funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.


For more information, please contact CASBS program director Betsy Rajala (