Through the looking-glass: Mirror reading

Jon Andoni Duñabeitia, Nicola Molinaro, and Manuel Carreirasicola Molinaro, Manuel Carreiras. Through the looking-glass: Mirror readingNeuroImage, 2011; 54 (4): 3004 DOI:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2010.10.079

According to these researchers, people possess innate abilities to read in reverse without even thinking about it – before they have even perceived whether a word is composed of mirrored text or not.

The importance of this finding lies in the instinctive art of mental flexibility: Transformation.

The ability to recognize objects, and characters, from different perspectives is highly adaptive for primate survival. Quickly and correctly distinguishing visual stimuli, regardless of orientation, can convey millisecond advantages when time counts.

The whole article is fascinating!

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