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Old 01-23-2009, 08:53 AM   #1
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Do you get a second wind when switching from horizontal to vertical script?

Since I have noticed that there are other members of MR that read Asian languages, I thought I might ask this question here.
A few years ago I discovered that after reading an English or French book for a few hours and beginning to feel tired, I can take up a Japanese or Chinese book and start reading again feeling quite fresh. The only explanation I can provide now is that my eyes move left to right when I read English but they go top to bottom when I read Japanese since the lines are printed vertically, therefore using a different set of muscles.
I would like to know if others who read Chinese, Japanese or Korean (all vertically written languages) have similar experiences.
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Old 01-23-2009, 11:11 AM   #2
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Since I have noticed that there are other members of MR that read Asian languages, I thought I might ask this question here.
A few years ago I discovered that after reading an English or French book for a few hours and beginning to feel tired, I can take up a Japanese or Chinese book and start reading again feeling quite fresh. The only explanation I can provide now is that my eyes move left to right when I read English but they go top to bottom when I read Japanese since the lines are printed vertically, therefore using a different set of muscles.
I would like to know if others who read Chinese, Japanese or Korean (all vertically written languages) have similar experiences.
I don't read any right to left languages, but that would be a fascinating study for a PhD candidate in neuropsychology.
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Old 01-23-2009, 01:10 PM   #3
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I can read English upside down (does that count)
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Hi Pshrynk, you said:
I don't read any right to left languages, but that would be a fascinating study for a PhD candidate in neuropsychology.
Maybe those who do read right to left languages such as Arabic, Hebrew, Yiddish, Urdu might test themselves to see if they too get a second wind when switching to left to right languages.
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There is probably something to this, what with motor strain being tied to mental activity.
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