Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Power of Your Brain

The human brain is an amazing thing. It is incredibly small, yet can perform functions more complex and faster than the best computers.

One of the things it does instantaineously is decode letters in series. We call those words. Usually the words are assembled in an agreed upon order and we recognize them without thought. But, what happens when the letters in the words are mixed up? Well, pretty much the same thing. It happens so quickly that witerrs need to get tehir pniot asorcs in jsut a few seodcns, or the raeedr's anitttoen is lsot.

Arinocdcg to rencet rseaerch, the hmuan brian is plrectfey albe to raed colmpex pasasges of txet caiinontng wdors in whcih the lrettes hvae been jmblued, pvioedrd the frsit and lsat leetrts rmeian in teihr crcerot piiotsons.

The fcat taht you are ridenag tihs now wtih reaitvle esae is poorf of the thoery.

Wehre did all of tihs strat?

It smees taht the trehoy orgteiinad form a 1976 ppaer at the Uvnitsriey of Nigaonthtm wtiertn by Graahm Rwsnailon of Asrhodelt, wichh gvae rsie to an acirlte wihch aaeprrped in the 'Narute' pbuolitaicn in 1999.

A fhrtuer alircte in the Tiems neppeawsr in Speemebtr 2003 pivroedd mroe eanxopiatln auobt the peohoemnnn.

In the Tmeis aitlcre, Dr Reoaesln MhActcry, a neruo-phylcoogsy lruecter form Knig’s Ceglloe, Cgmdbriae, ssegegtud taht hmuan bnegis are albe to usnatdnerd jeublmd up wdors buaecse the hmaun bairn parimliry raeds the mannieg rehatr tahn the piothenc cnontet of wdors (the sdnuos of the wrdos and leertts).

Dr McRtcahy was qoteud as saiyng, taht "...if you can acaitinpte waht the nxet wrod in a snnetece cloud be, you wlil not nslsciareey ntcoie if smoe of the leettrs in taht wrod are out of pclae...", and she aslo taht she was sepsrruid at jsut how rosubt the barin’s rgceotnioin aeiibtils had been pverod to be. "The hamun biarn is a lot mroe toanelrt tahn we had pahrpes risaeled, and it has to cpoe wtih diisputrng in eevydray lfie."

The torehy pdeoivrs a fiatsincang pprciesetve on mderon cutonacniimmos and the dmveelnoept of laguange.

The terohy aslo hples to eaipxln the doepmevnlet of merodn txet mseniagsg lagunage, and how the hamun biran so rlaidey utendrnsdas atboivbinears and cimtonobnais of lrettes and nbrmeus mainkg new 'wdros' whcih we've nveer seen beofre and yet stlil are albe to usterdannd alsomt iammeiltdey. For emxpale: 'c u lte8r', wihch you'll nitcoe you can utransnded eevn thgouh it's jmulebd.

One of the gerat lsneoss form tihs troehy dmsttnareoes the rmaaebrlke pweor of the huamn biarn.

Wehn we are yonug we not olny lraen how to raed, but aslo ibcerndily and uninaenionltlty lraen how to raed waht wuold by nmoral cooevntnin be decerbisd as uettr nnsosnee.

Tihs bges qtuseonis abuot the dicrieotn of laagngue eolotuvin.

Waht wlil lgganaue look lkie in geotrnaiens to cmoe?

Whtuoit dobut hmuan binegs are albe to asobrb pvrseiogerlsy mroe maening form pvolesesrrigy rucdnieg anotmus of wrdos and lrttees.

We now raed in shohtnrad - and iamegs - and sfcginltianiy we are beord by aiytnhng taht is too lhtngey.

Posorneiafl witerrs need to get tehir pniot asorcs in jsut a few seodcns, or the raeedr's anitttoen is lsot.

The jmbleud wdros torhey datrmneeosts jsut how caalbpe the biarn is at arnboibsg mneaing far mroe qilcuky tahn msot wrietrs wuold eevr iaimnge.


When finished with this post, I hit the SpellCheck option and the program froze up. The computer couldn't process all the jumbled words and it just quit. You, the human, got this far and that's farther that the microprocessors got. Congratulations.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


Indigo Rose said...

Ah geez, I mdae it torghuh msot of teh atrclie. Tahn my eeys got treid. How long did it take you to type this? It wasn't too easy for me to type the incorrect words above, my fingers had a mind of their own. Did you have the same problem?

Sarah said...

Great post. Want to improve your brain power? What I did was I went to So far, they have the best tips & guides to help you. Well, I tried and I definitely can see an improvement in my condition. So, you should consider trying it too.

Indigo Red said...

That's too funny, Rose! No, I didn't have a problem ttyping because of copy and paste technology. I still haven't finished reading the article; there seems to be a point when the brains abilities are overtaxed and confussion takes over.

That's a good site, Sarah. Thanks. I have used the meditation and autosuggestion methods. The autosuggestion can get expensive though. Last time I used it, I bought a car.

Gayle said...

I was able to read it without difficulty, Indigo, except for names that I'm unfamiliar with, tub I codnut rtewi taht ywa rfo glon without going nuts!

Indigo Rose said...

Worse yet, I forgot about that "copy and paste" stuff! Guess I'll check out the site Sarah suggested and improve my brain power.
Loved the line about 'autosuggestion', Red :-) It must have worked, you did get a very nice car.