The mind is amazing

brain scan

Aoccdrnig to 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 a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Bear this in mind when proofreading!

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The mind is amazing (–ly stupid sometimes!)

You may have seen this before—it’s been kicking round for years—but the idea behind it never ceases to amuse me. This little test demonstrates how our mind concentrates on just the important details, which is something to keep in mind when proofreading!

How many Fs are there in this sentence?

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Homer Simpson brain

Doh!

The brain cannot process ‘of’. Most people answer three, an answer of four is quite rare. If you said six first time you are a genius and a born proofreader and if you said seven then you should have gone to Spec-Savers!