Printed References

These are the books that helped me understand how the brain works when learning, reading or just everyday processing. Many are available in your library, either in print or as audiobooks:

Duckworth, Angela. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance (Paperback). New York: Scribner, 2018.

Edwards, Betty. Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence. Definitive, 4th ed. New York: Tarcher/Penguin, 2012.

Eide, Brock, and Fernette Eide. The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain. New York: Hudson Street Press, 2011.

Fisher, Jennifer Engel, and Janet Price. Take Control of Dyslexia and Other Reading Difficulties: The Ultimate Guide for Kids. Waco, Tex: Prufrock Press, 2012.

International Dyslexia Association. “IDA Dyslexia Handbook: What Every Family Should Know.” International Dyslexia Association, 2014.

Jung-Beeman, Mark. “Bilateral Brain Processes for Comprehending Natural Language.” Trends in Cognitive Sciences 9 (2005): 512–18.

Kounios, John, and Mark Beeman. The Eureka Factor: Aha Moments, Creative Insight, and the Brain. First edition. New York: Random House, 2015.

Nicolson, Rod, and Angela Fawcett. Dyslexia, Learning, and the Brain. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2008.

Shaywitz, Sally E. Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level. 1st ed. New York: Knopf, 2003. (This book has recently been released as an updated second edition.)

Taylor, Jill Bolte. My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey. First edition. New York: Penguin Books, 2016.

Wiltshire, Paula. Dyslexia. Health Issues. Austin, TX: Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 2003.

Wolf, Maryanne. Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain. 1st ed. New York, N.Y: Harper, 2007.

Wood, Tracey. Overcoming Dyslexia for Dummies – For Dummies. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2006.


Sometimes I couldn’t get the answers I wanted from the books. Here are the scientific journal articles that helped me the most:

Society for NeuroScience, April 1999.

Armstrong, Thomas. “Coming to Grips with the Musculature of Words.” In The Multiple Intelligences of Reading and Writing: Making the Words Come Alive. Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, 2003.

Ashkenazi, Sarit, Jessica M. Black, Daniel A. Abrams, Fumiko Hoeft, and Vinod Menon. “Neurobiological Underpinnings of Math and Reading Learning Disabilities.” Journal of Learning Disabilities 46, no. 6 (2013): 549–69.

Harpaz, Yuval, Yechiel Levkovitz, and Michal Lavidor. “Lexical Ambiguity Resolution in Wernicke’s Area and Its Right Homologue.” Cortex, Special Issue on “The Contribution of TMS to Structure-Function Mapping in the Human Brain. Action, Perception and Higher Functions,” 45, no. 9 (October 2009): 1097–1103.

Jancke, Lutz. “Every Person Has a Unique Brain Anatomy.” University of Zurich, July
10, 2018.

Kounios, John, and Mark Beeman. “The Aha! Moment: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Insight.” Current Directions in Psychological Science 18, no. 4 (August 1, 2009): 210–16.

Logan, Julie. “Dyslexic Entrepreneurs: The Incidence; Their Coping Strategies and Their Business Skills.” Wiley InterScience, 2009. “Multiple Intelligences: What Does the Research Say?” Edutopia, 09 2013. “NCLD.” NCLD. Accessed January 21, 2019.

Nielsen, Jared A., Brandon A. Zielinski, Michael A. Ferguson, Janet E. Lainhart, and Jeffrey S. Anderson. “An Evaluation of the Left-Brain vs. Right-Brain Hypothesis with Resting State Functional Connectivity Magnetic Resonance Imaging.” PLOS ONE 8, no. 8 (August 14, 2013): e71275.

Rezaie, Roozbeh, Panagiotis G. Simos, Jack M. Fletcher, Jenifer Juranek, Paul T. Cirino, Zhimin Li, Antony D. Passaro, and Andrew C. Papanicolaou. “The Timing and Strength of Regional Brain Activation Associated with Word Recognition in Children with Reading Difficulties.” Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 5 (2011): 45.

“Speaking and Understanding Speech Share the Same Parts of the Brain.” Association for Psychological Science. Accessed February 26, 2018.

Turkeltaub, Peter E., Lynn Gareau, D. Lynn Flowers, Thomas A. Zeffiro, and Guinevere F. Eden. “Development of Neural Mechanisms for Reading.” Nature Neuroscience Advance Online Publication, no. 6 (7) (2003): 767–73.

University of Northern Illinois Department of Literacy and Elementary Education. “Dyslexia/Reading Disorder.” EthnoMed. Accessed September 6, 2016.

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