Spreeding is Fundamental

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Visit Spreeder.com and see how fast your ninja brain can process words! The following excerpt is from their about page:

What is speed reading?

Reading with speed. ‘Nuf said. Actually, the idea behind speed reading is that we can process information much faster than we actually do in real life with a book in our hands. Several factors affect our reading speed, like subvocalization (the little voice inside our heads that reads along with us and slows us down), backtracing (rereading parts over and over again), etc.

The purpose behind apps like these is to train our minds to get rid of all the other crap. So, by having a steady input of text, we erase our dependency on backtracing. By increasing the reading speed, subvocalization can’t keep up and eventually goes away. The key here is that we don’t need to subvocalize to process information, as much as we may think we do.

What if I can’t read that fast?

You can use this application as a trainer as well as just a tool to read at your own pace. It does actually help to up the reading speed and just try to get as much as you can from an article, even if you’re not getting every word. It takes time, but you’ll soon realize that you can absorb a lot more information than you thought you were capable of.

What is the chunk size?

Chunk size is the number of words you see on the screen at any one point in time. As a beginner, you might want to start out with just one word chunks. As you increase in proficiency, you’ll find that you can take in (read: understand) more than one word per instant. Increasing reading speed is more about being able to take larger chunks than it is about the speed at which the words flicker across the screen. You need to develop both to become a true speed reading ninja.
Optimal window size?

Beginners probably want a large width and relatively small height (i.e. 800 x 100), just because when you’re beginning out you’ll be taking in small chunks (1 - 4 words at a time), and you won’t want to wrap the text. As you increase your speed reading proficiency, you’ll increase the chunk size. It’s easier to read chunks in block format (multiple lines of text), than one long string across your monitor.

Thanks to Justin, and his multifarious away message.

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Posted: July 29th, 2008
at 10:24am by Black Ock


Categories: web,9th dan

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