“Twas bryllyg, and ye slythy toves-Did gyre and gymble in ye wabe:”
One of the most famous mirror reading tests appeared in the 1870s as “Jabberwocky, ” a very unusual poem featured in Lewis Carroll’s classic Through the Looking Glass.
Readers are tested to decode the first stanza as a mystified Alice might have – in mirror reverse format.To make the test even harder, Carroll used nonsense words so readers lose their sense of semantic balance.
It is a true test of concentration, attention and mental rotation, for anyone. Genius, some say.
They have existed in the reading sciences since at least the 1920s. Designed to illuminate the mysteries of word and letter reversals in reading and writing, measures were developed from perspectives of learning disorders and neurological dysfunction.
The image that accompanies this post is of Dr. Samuel Kirk, among the first researchers to systematically explore reversals in reading and writing. He popularized theories describing strephosymbolia, or ‘twisted symbols.’
His classifications led to diagnostic categories, interventions, and educational philosophies. Notably, Kirk is known as the father of learning disabilities.
Mirror reading tests have advanced. Today’s investigators extend their research to include non-clinical samples and ‘regular readers’ in order to map difference, focused less on disability. Computerized data collection offers access to larger, global, samples. There is a fresh focus on development potentials and neuroplasticity in learning.
Innovative brain imaging techniques transform the metrics of mirror reading with new precision. Transfer effects and applied studies are the next foci.
Far from signaling inevitable pathology, mirror-reading skills in ‘ordinary people’ are associated with an array of working memory and spatial abilities. Lots of ordinary people are curious about their own skills.
We received requests for an MR Test that is simple, straightforward, and available to anyone, with a timer to provide a speed marker, and a final score for Mirror Reading Ability.So we created the first ever-online Mirror Reading Test (Free for the curious). Keeping it short, there are only five questions in a multiple-choice format. All answers are presented in mirror text.
Responses are assessed for time, accuracy and each player receives a score out of five with a short interpretation of their skills.
How do you do? :)
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