An atrclie in tdaoy’s Dliay Mial syas taht the ltaest carze to hit the itnerent is sarclbemd wrdos. If you sarech Gogole for the psarhe “aoccdrnig to rsceearh at an Elingsh uinervtisy” yulo’l fnid it on over 3,500 sties.
(Can’t keep this up!)
This phenomenon is based on a 27 year PhD thesis written by a student at Nottingham University. The student was Dr Graham Rawlinson now aged 54 and a psychologist and co-author of How to Invent (Almost Anything).
A lecturer in neuro-psychology at Cambridge University said that a device known as fusiform gyrus in the left-hand side of the brain is thought to be responsible for people’s ability to read the jumbled words.
The theory was that as long as the first and last letter remained the same, most people could read them even if the letters in the middle were jumbled up, although the lecturer thinks that not even the beginning and end letters are absolutely critical.
Basically what we are doing is building a visual memory of words and in the same we can recognise objects, we can rebuild the words to fit our memory of it.
But the biggest drawback to keying in scrambled words is bloody Microsoft’s “we know best” auto-correct which puts the bloody letters back in the right bloody order!