Literacy in late adulthood
The brain did not evolve to read. It uses the neural muscle of pre-existing visual and language processing areas to enable us to take in works of literature. Reading, usually, begins in the first years of schooling, a time when these brain regions are still in development. What happens, though, when an adult starts learning after the age of 30? The findings from this study of a group of illiterate adults from India do not only provide hope for adult illiterates, they also shed new light on the possible cause of reading disorders such as dyslexia.