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Photoreading

I took a course in speed reading
and now I am able to read “War and Peace” in twenty minutes.
It’s about Russia.
Woody Allen

Under the designation Photoreading, surface reading, ScanReading, Speedreading and further catchy formulations alleged miracle methods are propagated, all more or less of Paul Scheeles concept of Photoreading and/or on a system of Evelyn Wood from the 50’s of the last century, which promised a three to fourfold speed with Reading Dynamics. However, the effect of the method is highly questionable, with McNamara (2000) concluding, after numerous experiments on photoreading, that there is no advantage to this method other than a minimal increase in reading speed, due solely to the practice effect. In general, an increase in reading speed leads proportionally to a reduction in comprehension of a text. The effectiveness of photoreading postulated by seminar providers and participants is simply due to the text preview and autosuggestion associated with this method.

Recently, in reference to a James Bond movie, there is now

Quantum Speed Reading

Quantum Speed Reading was discovered by accident by Yumiko Tobitani, who is a teacher at a Japanese private school for children. It consists of quickly flipping through the pages of a book without trying to read the words. As Tobitani noted, the technique not only enabled her elementary school students to grasp the contents of entire books in seconds, even in languages the children didn’t speak; they also developed paranormal abilities, creative and athletic talents, and became healthier, more capable, and more loving. An essential prerequisite for QSR is to tap the imaginative power of the right brain. While conventional speed reading uses the left brain, QSR activates the imagery of the right brain. It grasps the content of texts at the level of thought vibration (quantum level) and translates the impressions gained into colors and images. The book contains exercises for toddlers, elementary school children and adults. And about the author it says: Yumiko Tobitani is a senior teacher at one of the Shichida Children’s Academies (SCA). Previously, she worked in the foreign exchange department of the Bank of Tokyo. She joined the SCA in 1992 after serving as the head of a preparatory school. Based on her experience in the education sector, she developed the ‘Dot Program’ (program for the very young), the Right Brain Imprinting and Sensory Training Program, the Quantum Speed-Reading, and the Right Brain Speed-Reading System, among others. She also collaborates on leadership seminars for adult right brain development. She currently directs the research and development arm of SCA and is a member of both the Human Science Association and the Subtle Energy Association in Japan.

Literature

McNamara, D. (2000). Preliminary analysis of photoreading. NASA Ames Research Center. Moffet Field, CA.
WWW: http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/20000011599_2000009345.pdf (06-12-19)
Product description from http://www.amazon.de/ (10-08-02).