The reason why this ‘difficult’ puzzle is so easy to read

That famous ‘jumbled letters’ mind puzzle isn’t all it seems. The well-known passage of garbled text, apparently developed at Cambridge University, appeared recently on question-and-answer site Quora, in response to the question: “What are some thing that neuroscientists know but most people don’t?” Naturally, as it does whenever neuroscience is mentioned on the internet, this picture made an appearance.  This passage, in various forms, has been floating around the internet for around 15 years. It’s technically correct, but there’s a couple of problems with it. Firstly, according to Cambridge cognitive neuroscientist Matt Davis, there’s no evidence that scrambled words have been the subject of research at Cambridge University. The passage appears to have made its first appearance in the letters section of New Scientist magazine in 1999, when Graham Rawlinson wrote a letter about a…


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