Health News: How Can We Stlil Raed Words Wehn Teh Lettres Are Jmbuled Up?

For years researchers have used a standard psychological test to work out which sequences of letters in a word constitute the important cues the brain uses. In this test, jumbled words are flashed on a screen momentarily to see if they help the brain recognize the correctly spelled word. (Example: if you see “wehn” does the brain read “when”?) Researchers have modified the test to question more complex changes to words. This modified test should allow them to crack the code the brain uses to make sense of strings of letters, and also to compare differences between a “good reader” and someone who has difficulties with reading.