The Science of Word Recognition

“Evidence from the last 20 years of work in cognitive psychology indicate that we use the letters within a word to recognize a word. Many typographers and other text enthusiasts I’ve met insist that words are recognized by the outline made around the word shape. Some have used the term bouma as a synonym for word shape (…). This paper is written from the perspective of a reading psychologist.” (Kevin Larson – Advanced Reading Technology, Microsoft Corporation) – courtesy of karel van der waarde

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