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The Sad Truth About Speed-Reading: It Doesn't Work

Human Body X Speed Reading

The fovea is a small high visual acuity area in the retina. Our eyes are seriously limited in their precision outside said area.

We can take in only a word or so at each glance, and a little bit about the words on either side. 

Multiple experiments confirm that speed reading,” leads to decreased comprehension of the parts of the text that reader's eyes skip over.

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The Sad Truth About Speed-Reading: It Doesn't Work

The Sad Truth About Speed-Reading: It Doesn't Work

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Rebecca Treiman - Psychology PhD

Rebecca Treiman - Psychology PhD

“It is unlikely that readers will be able to double or triple their reading speeds (e.g., from around 250 to 500–750 words per minute) while still being able to understand the text as well as if they read at normal speed.”

Human Body X Speed Reading

The fovea is a small high visual acuity area in the retina. Our eyes are seriously limited in their precision outside said area.

We can take in only a word or so at each glance, and a little bit about the words on either side. 

Multiple experiments confirm that speed reading,” leads to decreased comprehension of the parts of the text that reader's eyes skip over.

Rebecca Treiman - Psychology PhD

Rebecca Treiman - Psychology PhD

“The factor that most strongly determined reading speed was word-identification ability.”

Speed-Reading Versus Science

Research shows that reading speed is more about an individual’s language skills than anything related to their eye movements. Another unsubstantiated claim, is that hearing an “inner voice” while reading slows down readers.

The only reliable way to become a faster reader is to expand your vocabulary — and the best way to do that is to read more.

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The Problem With Some Speed Reading Software

Software using rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP) methods claim to eliminate unnecessary eye movements, thus increasing reading speed. It presents words above the average reading speed, one at a time, at a single location on the screen.

Unfortunately, experiments show RSVP software does increase reading speed, but subjects could only sustain reading at high speeds with good comprehension for short bursts.

The Flaw With Methods That Eliminate Regressive Eye Movements

This methods are supposed to let you read it right the first time, but regressive eye movements generate enhanced understanding beyond what could be obtained on the first pass.

Due to sentences unfolding linearly, often contrary to the messages they convey, rereading becomes necessary for proper understanding.

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Research Backed Methods For Faster Reading

Research points to speed reading being a form of skimming, which is appropriate for short text but not for longer ones.


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Measurements Of Speed Reading And Comprehension

Although there is an academic consensus that speed-reading decreases comprehension,

On the other hand, the same can’t be said for comprehension measurement techniques, as we can process text differently according to context.

Woody Allen

Woody Allen

"I took a course in speed-reading...and was able to read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It's about Russia."

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Secret 1: Viewing Angle

Secret 1: Viewing Angle

Hold your material or screen at a 30-Degree Angle.

Reading from flat material is painful to your retina, causes eye fatigue, and after about two hours often leads t...

Secret 2: Head Movements

Research claims that moving your head left to right as you read helps to stabilize images on your retina. It's called the vestibulo-ocular reflex.

Secret 3: Read with a Pointer

We instinctually follow moving objects in our field of vision. A pointer will help you create a pace and focuses your attention on the page.


Using a pointer object, or your finger, to underline each sentence as you read focuses your attention on the page. This speeds up your reading six times by allowing your peripheral vision to pick up six words on either side of the focus point.

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