Inst the hmaun barin aaminzg?
Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in
waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht
the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a
taotl 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.Amzanig huh? or so I thought ….
This story has being doing the rounds for a couple of years now in various forms on the internet and in the papers. I recently rediscovered it and thought how clever it was. It was then I decided to do a bit of background research and discovered the following comment by someone on another blog.”While the point about the human mind reading whole words at a time
is true, the rest of the message is somewhat misleading. There are
several other reasons that you can read the message.
First, the human mind understands context. Once it starts to
formulate an idea by getting a few words, it can automatically guess
what the surrounding words will be based on context. For example, take
the phrase “cluod aulaclty” out of context, and it will take you longer
to get “could actually.”
Second, if you keep the first and last letter then in most cases the
word will phonetically be very similar to the original word. Even
though you may read the message silently, your mind is still processing
the words phonetically, and when combined with context, the mind
quickly identifies the appropriate word.
Third, if you look closely, especially at the larger words, they
haven’t really jumbled the letters up in a truly random fashion, they
have just mixed them a little. For example, it is much easier to get
“University” from the word “Uinervtisy” than say, “Uertiivsny.” This
latter point is what makes the whole message misleading. They have
purposely organized the letters within each word to still resemble the
original word. However, even Uertiivsny would still be interpreted
rather easily – not because the mind reads whole words at a time, but
because it is preceded by the phrase “research at Cambridge.” Who
wouldn’t automatically put University next? Also, there are only about
5 different phonetic sounds in the word University, and leaving the
first and last already gives you two of the five.
Yes, the human mind is amazing, but this email is really more of an
exercise of how the mind can be duped into believing something is true
when it is not, or true for the wrong reasons.”
Which just goes to show you slndhout blevie erevyhnig you raed!
(This article on Wiki explains the whole Internet phenomenon that was dubbed ‘Typogylcemia’)