Body Can Detect Typos Ignored By The Human Brain

Body Can Detect Typos Ignored By The Human Brain

Psychologists from Vanderbilt University in Nashville explore the possibility of a hierarchical method of error correction.

Don Michael Acelar De Leon
  • 3 november 2010

A new study from Vanderbilt University in Nashville finds that a part of the human brain may recognize when he or she has committed a typographical error, even when the rest of the body does not.

Psychologists Gordon Logan and Matthew Crump observed a group of typists with a low typing speed as they copied a paragraph about border collies. Logan and Crump manipulated some of the words appearing on the screen as the respondents typed, and subsequently interviewed the respondents regarding their work. Surprisingly, many of the respondents took credit for the automated errors and took responsibility for the planted mistakes.

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