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Three Pillars of Reading Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

Three Pillars of Reading

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.


Learning, in the academic sense, is dependent on reading. Sighted reading in turn is founded upon three pillars of visual behaviour:

These elements rely upon the ability to attend to a task as well as the presence of good motor control and advanced reflexes. (See ‘Retained Primitive Reflexes’ and ‘Neuro­dev­elo­pmental Delays’)

1. Visual Signal Acquis­ition (VSA)

Antici­pating and planning to move the eyes to a desired target, calcul­ating the movement required, executing the movement, then holding fixation long enough to register the signal. The word on the page has not yet registered in the mind.

2. Visual Signal Processing (VSP)

The image of the object in space (the words on the page) now registers in the brain and is recognized as a familiar pattern. The object is now repres­ented in a usable cortical repres­ent­ation and can be passed along to further analysis in the brain, such as ‘reading’, that is, language and symbolic proces­sing. aka Visual Inform­ation Processing (VIP).

3. Language Analysis

The ‘gestalt’ or ‘quantum’ of the text on the page, that is, the recogn­izable span of text acquired in one fixation, is passed along for higher­-level proces­sing. This is the domain of conscious thought, and sensory integr­ation, such as the visual repres­ent­ation of sound, as in words.