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Author:  BillMullins [ Wed Mar 05, 2014 7:29 pm ]
Post subject:  Renshaw Tachistoscope App

App for speed reading:

http://elitedaily.com/news/technology/this-insane-new-app-will-allow-you-to-read-novels-in-under-90-minutes/

Author:  PeterScott [ Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Renshaw Tachistoscope App

I am mildly horrified. True speed reading is not about reading one word at a time only faster, it's about reading longer groups of words at a time, impossible with that app. It hurt to look at it, and its top speed was still less than my own.

Author:  sakeneko [ Fri Mar 07, 2014 2:16 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Renshaw Tachistoscope App

PeterScott wrote:
I am mildly horrified. True speed reading is not about reading one word at a time only faster, it's about reading longer groups of words at a time, impossible with that app. It hurt to look at it, and its top speed was still less than my own.


Seconded. :/ I have limited vision, but that's a relatively new thing. My eyes could not possibly have followed all of that motion and visual noise even when I was a kid or young adult. It takes discipline for me to watch a TV show or movie and always has! If I tried to read a book that way, I'd get a nasty headache in minutes. But I can read real books *and* real computer screens without a problem, and work in front of the latter.

Would this really help others read?

Author:  DavidWrightSr [ Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Renshaw Tachistoscope App

I don't read very efficiently myself. My eyes wander back and forth over groups, slowing my total speed down considerably. I also do a lot of sub-vocalization and I know that that slows me down.

I found the app interesting, but in connection with Peter's comments, maybe it could be modified to teach recognition of increasingly larger groups of words. I once read up on the tachistoscope and I seem to recall that it did work in that fashion, although that was over 40 years ago and I could be wrong.

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