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    Lightbulb Indirectly reading portions of text unconsciously

    I have noticed a lot recently that I read things unconsciously.
    I mean, I do not focus on reading a line, like I usually do.
    In fact, it can be while I am focusing on reading another line,
    and my unconscious mind has been reading the entire page already.
    I do this a lot. Especially in the evenings when I feel the most awake and sort of quirky.
    Don't get me wrong, it is not my attention that is drifting away reading other lines.
    I get that sometimes, too, if I am distracted by something.
    This crap is just creepy, sort of.


    I don't realize this all the time, it is mostly when I think about something and pieces of information comes bubbling up after I have been reading a part of an article.
    Now we are talking oddly specific stuff. Had it happening to me with a news article the other day, and then I knew it wasn't just me confusing things for something else or remembering wrong.
    I have a 22" screen, and the article I read was in the dead center.
    I later remembered the contents of a small article to the far right of the screen.
    Went back and checked since I realized this half an hour later or so.
    I never really directly read it. It's one of those women's columns that i'd not touch with a ten foot pole.
    That's probably why it came floating up, since it wasn't really part of my mental habitat

    Does this happen to anyone else?
    Why does it happen? Physiological reasons? Psychological?

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    No one? Seriously?
    Weird.

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    There are some cognitive explanations for peripheral vs focused vision and what your brain is perceiving. Typically your brain has high color, focused vision in the center and B&W fuzzy vision to the sides-if I recall correctly which is questionable!

    Anyways I read text in chunks-like about three lines at a time. As I focus on one line I am already seeing words from the lines above and below it, so I sort of hop through paragraphs, catching every third word. Yeah, Ne, filling in the blanks. This is bad though as I miss details.

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    It would be nice to learn how to do that consciously... Wouldn't have to move eyes when reading a book, but I think it is way too unconscious to really work. Maybe if the text was some sort of a flow of consciousness it might work...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nolla View Post
    It would be nice to learn how to do that consciously... Wouldn't have to move eyes when reading a book, but I think it is way too unconscious to really work. Maybe if the text was some sort of a flow of consciousness it might work...
    I know, it's disturbing to think about.
    Are you doing this, too?

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    i usually do that when im hyper as hell

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    Quote Originally Posted by YourLocalJesus View Post
    Are you doing this, too?
    I think everyone is. Sometime when reading I lose my concentration as some word from the next line pops up in my mind and kinda messes up the sentence I was reading...

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    If you ever learn to speed read it involves a method of "taking a picture" of the page as you get faster and faster at it. I didn't actually like learning how to do it, so I stopped - it takes some of the fun out of reading.

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    happens to me too sometimes. i've never though anything of it, though. i just figure i either guess what's coming, or have glanced at it before without really registering. (glance, continue reading and sort of guess what's in the middle... does this make sense?)

    also i usually read in chunks anyway...

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    This happens a lot for me as well.

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