Readability theory

September 7, 2007 at 8:45 am | Posted in Psychology, Strange, Writing | 2 Comments

Over time, the mind learns pattern recognition and is thus able to comprehend more. That allows things like speed reading too. Just consider the job its doing – using symbols to represent symbols to represent symbols. (letters are symbols that are assembled to represent words. Words are symbols of objects, objects remembered are symbols of experience and perception)

fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too. Cna yuo raed tihs?
Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg.
The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at
Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod
are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the
rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit
a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by
istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? Yaeh, and I awlyas tghuhot
slpeling was ipmorantt! If you can raed this forwrad it.

I still love spell checkers.

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  1. I guess I have a strange mind too. Is that bad?

    That is pretty amazing. And you can actually read the jumbled words fairly fast too.

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  2. Bad? nah. It means you process symbols well. Probably have speed reading skills too.

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