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« on: July 19, 2004, 04:55:10 PM »

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaerin waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total 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 dig this one up out of my Trillian logs and thought it would make an interesting way to start off another week. Neat, huh?

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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2004, 05:02:35 PM »

Wow!  I read that entire paragraph without pause and understood every word of it.

I saw a similar study about how the brain works.  It was based on how the autistic mind vs a "regular" mind works when reading.

There once was a
a man from Nantucket who
who hit his wife with a
a bucket.

Something like that.  When the "normal" brain reads it, it doesn't process the extra words.  We read it as we expect it should be.  Something like that.  I might have simply mangled the experiment.

Also you can leave out words in common phrases and the brain would fill them in without the person noticing.

By looking at the topic I thought it was a study on drinking!

Fascinating stuff, thanks. biggrin

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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2004, 05:17:37 PM »

I saw this piece about 8 months ago. Unfortunately, when I tried to dig deeper, and actually find said research by Cambridge University, I came up with zilch. Would've loved to read up on the research itself behind the conclusion.

I figure the basic gist of it is just Gestalt's theory at work. And while I knew it works well on existing words being cut in half, I never thought (before I saw this, back then) it'd work on the absence of letters within a word itself. Or rather to what extent. Yeah, you could fill up the word, if one letter was missing... But to have an entire paragraph with words being jumbled, except for the first and last letter, was great stuff.

I also wonder, if the theory is true in all languages that share similar alphabets?

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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2004, 06:39:16 PM »

I can translate l337 sp34K, thus I can translate anything. smile

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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2004, 09:02:59 PM »

Holy crap Tim,

I just stumbled upon this exact same little clip and had come on here to post it too.

That's just freaky in magnitude of cooincidence.
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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2004, 07:20:55 AM »

Stuff like this makes me wonder what important things my mind glosses over in everyday life.   Maybe I missed out on some really great opportunities just because I had my brain on autopilot.  frown

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