Hmm, how intriguing: we apparently have two ways to read…including reading a banned book:
It turns out that the literate brain contains two distinct pathways for making sense of words, which are activated in different contexts. One pathway is known as the ventral route, and itâ€™s direct and efficient, accounting for the vast majority of our reading. The process goes like this: We see a group of letters, convert those letters into a word, and then directly grasp the wordâ€™s semantic meaning.The second reading pathway â€“ itâ€™s known as the dorsal stream â€“ is turned on whenever weâ€™re forced to pay conscious attention to a sentence, perhaps because of an obscure word, or an awkward subclause, or bad handwriting.Although scientists had previously assumed that the dorsal route ceased to be active once we became literate, Deheaneâ€™s research demonstrates that even fluent adults are still forced to occasionally make sense of texts. Weâ€™re suddenly conscious of the words on the page; the automatic act has lost its automaticity.