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  •  Are you dyslexic? (0+ / 0-)

    I am and my mind is particularly adept at flipping letters and numbers around, making new words from what is in front of me, et cetera.
    It's an amusing game that I play as a driver, stuck in Boston traffic, reading license plates and trying to figure out the words (while dodging the homicidal Boston drivers).
    My dyslexia went undiagnosed forever and it made me functionally illiterate until, accidentally, it was cured by an experiment. Our 5th grade class was used to test Speed Reading and I went from 200 words/minute max to 2500 w/m with full comprehension.
    What they do is teach you to move over the words fast, recognize the shapes of the words rather than get bogged down in the letters.
    I can't lay hands on it right now but there is a demonstration paragraph that shows how well our brains work at unscrambling letters, a paragraph where every word is scrambled, yet we can read it.
    Your brain is trying, always, to keep it's balance. Things like strings of characters, MUST make sense, why else would they be lined up like that? So we reference those strings to the lists we already know.
    In this case, there was no exact match so your brain substituted the closest real word.
    Congratulations, you are healthy with good cognitive function!

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 06:34:07 AM PDT

    •  I found it: (0+ / 0-)

      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 deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas thought slpeling was ipmorantt

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 08:29:31 AM PDT

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