How can humans read this correctly?

  • Surprisingly, the image below is readable to humans. It is not a specific language. How is this possible?

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    1N73LL1G3NC3 15 7H3 4B1L17Y 70 4D4P7 70 CH4NG3.
    573PH3N H4WK1NG

    It is a very specific language. It is called **English**. It has been the fact that it uses non-standard symbols for some of the characters doe not make it "not English" all of a sudden.

    You can read that?

    @CodyGray I read it as if it was using a standard English alphabet, this is likely due to years of reading such things.

    @CodyGray It took me a second but just look at the first word as a whole instead of character by character, once you get the first word the rest just fall into place.

    Just take off your glasses and squint. Perfectly readable. Of course, you have to be intelligent, or you can't adapt to variations, like this one.

    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is related to neurosciences rather than UX. This question could be moved to https://cogsci.stackexchange.com/

    @CodeGray My native language is not English. I had difficulties reading that text *after* having read oerkelens' comment. *Before* having read that comment I thought: "What kind of message is the question asking about?" This shows you that you cannot read such messages if you don't speak the language the message is written in very well. (D43 GL4UB3 1CH ZUM1ND357)

    It's useful to understand how the mind works: "what you see is what you think you'll see" ( ie stored information in the mind overrides actual visual data ). Which is a useful insight when you can't understand why users don't see the button which is sitting in front of their face.

  • Harshith

    Harshith Correct answer

    4 years ago

    This is psychology

    Humans are the World's Best Pattern-Recognition Machines. Quite simply, humans are amazing pattern-recognition machines. They have the ability to recognize many different types of patterns - and then transform these "recursive probabilistic fractals" into concrete, actionable steps. If you've ever watched a toddler learn words and concepts, you can almost see the brain neurons firing as the small child starts to recognize patterns for differentiating between objects. Read more.

    Research article from cambridge university states:

    1. Psycholinguistic evidence on scrambled letters in reading

    2. 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 at the rghit pclae... it doesn't matter in what order the letters in a word are, the only important thing is that the first and last letter be at the right place

    3. the rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm... the rest can be a total mess and you can still read it without problem

    4. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe... This is because the human mind does not read every letter by itself by the word as a whole.

    Other article

    For your last point: we don't just read whole words - we also read sequences of them (normally up to 5) in order to do further recognition and error correction.

    Yes agree, we humans recognize patterns

    "the only important thing is that the first and last letter be at the right place" uoiinnnnccvg, ueeirrttsncd slbnmcraig is piaoelbmtrc. I'd say it becomes a lot harder the more the letters are rearranged.

    "_humans are amazing pattern-recognition machines_" -- very true, but sometimes we're _too_ good at it ... patterns in ink-blots, faces in clouds. The brain doesn't like true randomness and will often "find" a pattern that isn't there.

    I got to the word 'toatl' in the third point before I realised the second point was jumbled.

    Note that the Cambridge research article debunks some of the points in that scrambled text that was widely circulated some years ago, specifically it says point 2) is "clearly wrong".

    Agree we cannot really identify with just first and last letters .. good catch

    @TripeHound It's a notable enough phenomenon that there's a word for it: pareidolia.

    Are you sure this is psychology? It seems more about actual physical function of the brain (neurology) and not really about behaviours.

    actuallyyy yeah its realted to brain and it's function.Interestingly there may be some neurotransmitters implicated in our ability to recognize and respond to patterns. But i think it leans somewhere towards psycology

    More than 50% of this answer is taken up by a quote that is plain **false**, and which is debunked by the link you provide. In fact, your wording implies that the link *supports* the quote, rather than debunking it. Please change this.

    "Humans are the World's Best Pattern-Recognition Machines." Proof? Who's to say cats aren't better? Or dogs? Or octopuses? Or...

    @ObliviousSage Aporia Deli? Oh, that's two words. Hmm...

    @Joren I got "unconvincing" right away somehow. No idea what the rest is.

    @JMac The last word is "problematic". The two intermediate words are harder to guess for me.

    @AlexR Unconvincing, unrestricted scrambling is problematic

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