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The Robert J. Schwartz Memorial Lecture

"Decoding the Reading Brain: Lessons from Brain Imaging"
Lecturer: Guinevere Eden, Ph.D.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

The Windward School
40 West Red Oak Lane
White Plains, NY 10604 


Reading is a cultural invention. It has to be learned through explicit instructions, resulting in the recruitment and utilization of a variety of brain areas that were not designed to read specifically. This presentation will show how brain imaging technology is used to reveal these brain areas in a range of readers. Brain imaging has been used to test some of the theories that have been put forward to explain dyslexia and to distinguish cause from consequence. Understanding the origin of the difficulty in reading is critical for developing the best avenues of intervention. This presentation will examine the neural correlates of successful reading intervention. Together, this knowledge can be harnessed to bring about positive change for students with learning differences.

Guinevere Eden is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Director of the Center for the Study of Learning (CSL) at Georgetown University (http://csl.georgetown.edu/). She received her Ph.D. in Physiology from Oxford University, and conducted her postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a Fogarty Visiting Fellow. Dr. Eden and her colleagues were the first to use functional MRI to study dyslexia and they have expanded this work to remediation. Dr. Eden is currently investigating the neural representation of sensory processing and reading and how these are modulated by learning disabilities (dyslexia, dyscalculia), language experience (bilingualism) and sensory experience (deafness). This work is supported by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation and has been published widely, including journals such as Nature, Nature Neuroscience and Neuron. Dr. Eden is a frequent speaker in the US and internationally, and has testified at hearings held at both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. Dr. Eden served as president of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), and IDA has inducted her into their Hall of Honor and named her as the Norman Geschwind Memorial Lecturer. She is on the on Editorial Boards of the journals “Annals of Dyslexia”, “Dyslexia”, “Brain and Language”, “Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience”, and “Human Brain Mapping”.