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Waht deos taht sya?

Happy Monday!

A good friend of mine came across this and thought it would be a great idea to write a blog post about it, I couldn’t agree with him more.

Please read the following paragraph:

I cnduo’t bvleiee taht I culod aulaclty uesdtannrd waht I was rdnaieg. Unisg the icndeblire pweor of the hmuan mnid, aocdcrnig to rseecrah at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mttaer in waht oderr the lterets in a wrod are, the olny irpoamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rhgit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whoutit a pboerlm. Tihs is bucseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey ltteer by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Aaznmig, huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghhuot slelinpg was ipmorantt!

When I first saw this, I thought it was pretty cool. But, is it true what they say? Does the order of the letters not matter as long as the first and last are the same as the original word?

Some disagree. Maybe it’s not the letters that matter but what the word looks like that makes it easier to read.

These letter transformations break up the pattern of ascending and descending letters that are supposedly used when recognizing word shapes. If anything the myth suggests that word shapes are not important because we can still readily recognize the words despite their change in word shape.

Reading psychologists have come to the consensus that we use a parallel letter recognition model to recognize words.

What are your thoughts on this?

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    • Nice post!!! It’s amazing what the human brain can do. Hundreds of thousands of computations every second. This makes me feel like I may be more capable of learning a new language than I thought

      • Thanks Jonathan! It is indeed amazing what the human mind can do! You definitely can learn a new language… give it a try! :-)


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