Demos: Do try this at home

Several of the demos have to be downloaded to use (sorry). They are Powerpoint files, not very large. They should work in your version of PPT, but please alert me if there are any glitches.  For security purposes, files are saved as locked, read-only documents in the Powerpoint show (.pps) format. They are plain vanilla files that do not do anything other than play when you open them.

Chapter 2:

Are there “spaces” between spoken words?  Download demo (1.4 MB), Powerpoint.pps file.  Turn up the volume on your device to hear it.

The Lost Phonemes of Bat: video, README. (No download.)

Chapter 4:

Time your reading, p. 83.  Instructions for calculating words per minute.

Chapter 5:

The transposed letter effect.  Why FCUK is an effective product logo, and JUGDE is misperceived as JUDGE. The Cambridge Hoax relied on our ability to override the transposition of bigrams (two adjacent letters). A simple demo. (538 KB Powerpoint.pps file)

Chapter 7:

Van Orden effect: phonology in silent reading.  Download demo (529 KB).

Chapter 11:

How predictable are words in texts?  Try the Cloze procedure.  Very simple. You read a text,  a news article about Tibet, and have to guess every 5th word.  You read the first 4 words and then guess the next one. You’re shown the correct answer and the text continues: 4 more words, then guess again.  You should write down your guesses so you can look at them afterwards.  It has been recorded as a Powerpoint show, meaning the file will open in Powerpoint and then play automatically.   The text is presented at a predetermined pace that should give you time to make a guess and write it down.    The file (1.7 MB).

Bonus: