Cracking the code: Why yuor barin can raed tihs

Source: The Body Odd – Cracking the code: Why yuor barin can raed tihs.

For emaxlpe, it deson’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod aepapr, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer are in the rghit pcale. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit pobelrm.

It is funny how we can read this above sort of thing. It is even funnier how I can read my own handwriting a day or more after I have written it.

We use context to pre-activate the areas of our brains that correspond to what we expect next, she explained. For example, brain scans reveal that if we hear a sound that leads us to strongly suspect another sound is on the way, the brain acts as if we’re already hearing the second sound. Similarly, if we see a certain collection of letters or words, our brains jump to conclusions about what comes next. “We use context to help us perceive,” Kutas said. 

I am deaf and I often times have to rely on what people commonly call “lip reading” to try to figure out what is going on.  In the context of this post I want to tell you a little about this topic and how it relates to the source article.  First of all the more accurate term is “speechreading” as it is more than just watching lips. It is watching body language, expressions, and most importantly context.  Many words appear the same when trying to speechread. One group of words that appear the same on the lips are “buy”, “my”, “pie” or letters b m and p. So, when I see the lips purse for a b, m, or p I have no idea which is being spoken without trying to put the word in context. With these types of problems in mind a deaf person trying to figure out what is being said is simply a guessing game. For even the most fluent speechreaders, I am certainly not one of them, only about one-third of the words are gleaned by actually seeing them on the lips. The rest have to be guessed by taking the context of what the topic is.

Context is everything in speechreading and being able to read the gibberish at the start of this post is the same thing. When words are taken out of context speechreading becomes almost impossible for anyone.  I have no problems speechreading someone who asks me how I am or if I like a particular thing in front of me. But when they come to me asking about how IBM did in yesterday’s stock market I very likely will give them a glazed look.

I am a wordsmith. I struggle to find just the right way to say something in all of my posts. So, having to fill in a 66% gap in a discussion comes difficult to me. The other thing about speechreading is that it is a very tiring thing. It takes total concentration and then some to accomplish it even at a rudimentary level. After a few minutes of filling in the gaps I just get too tired to do it anymore, at least with any degree of success.

I am tired just thinking about all this stuff so I will stop here… 🙂

2 thoughts on “Cracking the code: Why yuor barin can raed tihs

  1. R.J. You are a very interesting guy! I enjoy how you ponder on many different topics and viewpoints without being aggressive or negative about those who differ. I had forgotten that you were deaf, and since I have not been reading your blog too long I went back and read your posts on deafness. You write on your feelings and experiences in such a clean and simple way that I feel like I know you. I will certainly remember you when I encounter anyone who has hearing difficulties in the future. Who knows … it could be me.
    Anyway, my point of replying is to tell you that although I (and no doubt others) don’t often comment that we ARE THERE…reading and appreciaiting your writing. You often say what I think but cannot express in words very well.
    Please continue for a long time and know you have an audience.
    Jane O


  2. Jane O, thank you for your comments. I am truly humbled by your words. Yes, writing has always come easily to me. I got A’s in all those types of classes throughout high school and college. That is one of the gifts the Lord has bestowed on me. Another reason why I write the way I do is because I have studied extensively on the writings of my hero Will Rogers. He was a very down to earth half-breed indian who could get to the heart of the matter. I try to live by one of his most famous quotes “I never met a fellow I didn’t like”. That and the “light within all of us” that is foundational to the traditional Quaker faith also influences me greatly.

    Blogging is just a way of life for me now. I have been doing it for about five years now to one degree or another. It is nice to hear that some appreciate what I have to say 🙂
    Thanks again my friend.


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