A lot goes on inside of our heads whenever we read. Ask any qualified neurologist, and they’ll tell you as soon as we see shapes and patterns resembling a word, the images are sent directly to the back of the brain before making their way to an area known as the letterbox in the temporal lobe, where we will officially recognize the squiggles as a word. From here, it’s on to other areas of the frontal lobe where our brain works out what the word actually means and how it’s pronounced. All in all, for most readers, this whole process takes about half a second.  

Studies have shown that people who read more generally have more left temporal lobe activity – this is the area of the brain responsible for memory, verbal recall and emotional regulation. Long story short, people who read more may have a decreased risk for cognitive impairments like dementia, as well as be better at handling things like stress and anxiety. Simply put, reading is important! 

This begs the question – what if we could supercharge our reading abilities, or empower ourselves as readers? Some cutting-edge thinkers have recently begun to answer this question by introducing what they’re calling bionic reading to the masses.  

Bionic reading is the use of font weights to increase reading speed. In other words, parts of words will be bolded to enhance their appearance, which your brain can naturally tap into in a way that enables you to read faster than ever before. Check it out: 

Reading as before 

Bionic Reading is a new method facilitating the reading process by guiding the eyes through text with artificial fixation points. As a result, the reader is only focusing on the highlighted initial letters and lets the brain centre complete the word. In a digital world dominated by shallow forms of reading, Bionic Reading aims to encourage a more in-depth reading and understanding of written content.  

Bionic Reading 

Bionic Reading is a new method facilitating the reading process by guiding the eyes through text with artificial fixation points. As a result, the reader is only focusing on the highlighted initial letters and lets the brain centre complete the word. In a digital world dominated by shallow forms of reading, Bionic Reading aims to encourage a more in-depth reading and understanding of written content.  

Well? Did you notice a difference? According to the developers of Bionic Reading, it can even help those with dyslexia, ADHD and other neurodivergent thinkers read extra smoothly and with more ease – though that’s not to say that it will work for everyone, as some people have reported difficulties trying Bionic Reading, too.  

 There are currently three different ways to give Bionic Reading a shot and work it into your daily routine. By visiting the developers’ website https://bionic-reading.com, you can download a Chrome extension that will convert all text within the browser to Bionic Reading, copy and paste text into a converter yourself, or download an API (application programming interface) to build Bionic Reading into your own apps.   

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss 

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A lot goes on inside of our heads whenever we read. Ask any qualified neurologist, and they’ll tell you as soon as we see shapes and patterns resembling a word, the images are sent directly to the back of the brain before making their way to an area known as the letterbox in the temporal lobe, where we will officially recognize the squiggles as a word. From here, it’s on to other areas of the frontal lobe where our brain works out what the word actually means and how it’s pronounced. All in all, for most readers, this whole process takes about half a second.  

Studies have shown that people who read more generally have more left temporal lobe activity – this is the area of the brain responsible for memory, verbal recall and emotional regulation. Long story short, people who read more may have a decreased risk for cognitive impairments like dementia, as well as be better at handling things like stress and anxiety. Simply put, reading is important! 

  

This begs the question – what if we could supercharge our reading abilities, or empower ourselves as readers? Some cutting-edge thinkers have recently begun to answer this question by introducing what they’re calling bionic reading to the masses.  

Bionic reading is the use of font weights to increase reading speed. In other words, parts of words will be bolded to enhance their appearance, which your brain can naturally tap into in a way that enables you to read faster than ever before.  

 

 

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