Friday, February 3, 2012

The Reading Comprehension E-Mail Chain Debunked

I came across an article on the Dana Foundation blog this afternoon discussing how the brain works when it comes to reading comprehension.  It begins with a reminder about this well-traveled email:

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 toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

I remember receiving this email which said  study at Cambridge University had proven that the human brain can read any sentence or paragraph no matter what order the letters in the word appear as long as the first and last remain in the same place.

It turns out there is a lot more to the story...check it out.

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