On how we read

I found this interesting article on slashdot.org.

The crux of it is that people does not read by word shape, but by parallel character recognition which leads to recognition of the entire word. It’s not an easy read, but quite interesting.

It’s strange how memes like this can persist – apparently this has been know among reading psychologists for twenty years, but most people still think that we read by recognizing word shapes.

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