Not So Fast: Speed-Reading App Fails To Convince Experts

NBC:

The company claims that by removing the need for your eyes to move during reading, the app can raise your reading speed from the average 250 words per minute to a blazing-fast 500 or more.

But when we spoke to experts in the field, they were skeptical.

“It’s been around for a long, long time,” said University of California San Diego psychology professor Keith Rayner in a phone interview. “I think there was even a paper in the ’60s.”

The results, including those from Rayner’s own research, were never promising.

“The main finding was this,” Rayner continued. “If you have people reading in this RSVP method, they can read sentences one at a time. If you give them longer passages, comprehension goes to pieces.”

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