A definition of reading


Do you ever think about how you read?

When you pick up a book, newspaper or digital device and start to read, it probably just feels like you are absorbing information without thinking about the process. It has become an unconscious skill. However, when you pick apart the steps that go from seeing printed marks on a page or screen to forming a mental representation of the meaning, it is a very complex process.

Reading involves very intricate optics where the cornea and lens focus an upside-down image on the light-sensitive cells of the retina at the back of eye. Biochemical systems translate the image into electrical signals ...

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