On Reading

“Presented with a word’s image on the retina, average readers of English can, within a few 10ths of a second, match it with one of 50,000 or more words stored in their mental dictionaries, comprehend its meaning in context and proceed seamlessly to the next word.”

Susan Okie, in her review of Reading in the Brain by Stanislas Dehaene (Viking, 2009) published in The Washington Post, Sunday Nov. 29, 2009, page B6.

4 thoughts on “On Reading

  1. “Presented with a worldly image on the retina, average readers of culture can, within a few 10ths of a second, match it with one of 50,000 or more worldly images stored in their mental dictionaries, comprehend its meaning in context and proceed seamlessly to the next worldly image.”

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