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Speed Reading Skill Development - Read Upside Down

By Edited Mar 21, 2016 4 4

One great way to learn to read faster is to practice reading upside down. Reading upside down might sound a little crazy but turning the book around forces your brain to process information coming in completely differently.

President Bush Reads Upside Down
When you read upside down until you reach your normal reading speed will take some time to master but once reading upside down is mastered, reading right side up will become so much easier and so much faster almost automatically.

While this photo of President Bush holding a book upside down has been fodder for many critics, there is a good chance that Bush can actually read upside down and that teaching children to read upside down will increase their normal reading speed.

˙ʎlʇɐǝɹƃ pǝǝds ƃuıpɐǝɹ lɐɯɹou ɹnoʎ ǝsɐǝɹɔuı uɐɔ ƃuıɔıʇɔɐɹd ʇnq pɹɐɥ ooʇ ʇou sı uʍop ǝpısdn ƃuıpɐǝɹ (For fun you can use the word flipper too)

Theory of Why Reading Upside Down Works

The reading mind works through pattern recognition. When reading a person recognizes groups of letters as distict words. Without the fact that everyone writing English uses the pattern F A C T to spell "fact" there would be no opportunity to recognize the word "fact" as anything but random letters.

When you read upside down the mind must first invert and reorder the letters into a recognizable pattern. If you can train your mind to recognize the pattern in words upside fast than your mind will recognize words that are right side up even faster than before.

Research suggests, and the following paragraph proves that word recognition does not require the letters to line up even in the right order. Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Reading upside down creates a similar out of order situation for the brain.

Other Benefits of Reading Upside Down

Practicing reading upside down to become a speed reader comes with side benefits. You will be able to read memos and reports in front of someone else across a desk - great for gathering info without the other person realizing it. It could even save your job.

You can read the notes others make about you in a job interview or any other situation where it is helpful to know what others are writing .

You can scan menus upside down and be ready to order before the menus is passed to you.

Conclusion

Mastering the skill of reading upside down will help you master the skill of speed reading. It is all about training the brain to recognize word patterns faster, allowing you to read normal material faster too. So grab a book, flip it over, and get reading today.

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Comments

Dec 4, 2010 5:30am
Philtrate
great article JD. Word shape is also very important. I have never understuud how American kids lewarn to read at all with all upper case letters
Dec 4, 2010 7:37pm
dpeach
I do most of my reading on the computer. I will have to figure out a way to turn the computer upside down. :-)
Dec 5, 2010 8:07am
vetochemicals
This is a great skill for sure and LOVE your President Bush reads upside down photo! Very clever and so nice to see you back here on IB.
Jan 8, 2011 4:49am
JadeDragon
It was the best upside down reading photo I could find and I remembered seeing it before. I think the photo is meant to mock Bush but actually I bet he can read upside down very well.

@dpeach - turn the screen over or flip the laptop. I have faith in your ability to find a way to read upside down on the computer.
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