Perception of letters in words: seek not and ye shall find

Science. 1974 Jun 14;184(4142):1192-4. doi: 10.1126/science.184.4142.1192.


Subjects perceive a letter in a briefly presented word more accurately when they attend to the whole word than when they focus their attention on just the letter they want to see.

MeSH terms

  • Attention*
  • Discrimination, Psychological*
  • Fixation, Ocular
  • Form Perception*
  • Humans
  • Reading*