Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Human Mind & Written Words

Guest post by Tom Garth

The brain is an amazing tool that is intensely complex. While reading is only one of the tremendous amounts of uses we have for the brain, it is a very important process, and the one we will be talking about in this article.

When we see and read text on a page, the information is comprehended by an area in the brain known as the Wernicke's Area is where the information is collected and translated into usable information. This area of the brain takes the information gathered from written or spoken language and passes the information along to other systems which then translate into motor actions.

This is very interesting because it is unsure how words can be stored as ideas and concepts. Most likely things are related to each other in the memories, therefore you can remember that a cat is a cat because of the combination of its looks, texture, color smell and other senses. These concepts can be amazingly confusing, but the human brain works very well to comprehend all of these systems quite smoothly.

There was a study done by Cambridge University that discovered that the human brain can comprehend words based on the location of the first and last letters while the center characters can be presented in a randomly mixed fashion. An example is as follows:

eevn toghuh tihs text cemos aocsrs as jmlbeud at a first gnalce it is acalutly quite easy to read, vrey aaznimg if I do say so melsyf.

This is possible because the human mind interprets words as a whole, not by each individual letter.

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