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Skilled readers recognize words by shape

hessian (467078) writes | more than 2 years ago

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hessian writes "Skilled readers can recognize words at lightning fast speed when they read because the word has been placed in a visual dictionary of sorts, say Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) neuroscientists. The visual dictionary idea rebuts the theory that our brain "sounds out" words each time we see them."
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I don't even see the words very often (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 2 years ago | (#38059254)

I'm a hyperlex (antonym of "dyslexic"). I took a speed reading course in college, and went into the class reading faster than anyone else in the class came out reading.

When I was in the first grade, I sounded out words. Second grade I'd read enough that, like TFS says, it was the shape of the word. But by fourth grade when I read a novel, I was there. I don't see the words "the water splashed as the frog jumped in", I see a frog jumping into the water.

This being slashdot, I'm sure quite a few of you read like that as well.

Re:I don't even see the words very often (1)

arnodf (1310501) | more than 2 years ago | (#38061378)

that's called autism ;-)

Re:I don't even see the words very often (1)

arnodf (1310501) | more than 2 years ago | (#38061466)

Swami Vivekananda [] was well known to be able to read whole pages in seconds due to this. I don't think the wikipedia page mentions it though.

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