Human brains envision real objects in a three-dimensional world. Due to this fact of viewing objects and understanding the nature of a three-dimensional world, the human brain can identify objects in different orientations, such as mirrored or backward, a term called mirror generalization. This has been tested in infants, children, and animals. On the other hand, reading alphabetical letters is a two-dimensional perception task. To learn to read, a person must be able to read letters with mirrored generalization, but this task is difficult in children with dyslexia. But children with dyslexia who have strong spatial skills early on can learn the skill of mirror generalization, but still cannot control its use, much like an on and off switch.

The struggle with mirror images.

It takes time to develop both the skill of mirror-interference and the ability to switch the mirror-generalizing system on and off. That is why it is very normal for young children to confuse the mirrored letters up to around age 7 or 8 — and of course, the letter confusion typically persists much longer for dyslexic children.

Key Takeaways:

The human mind works with 3d items differently than 2D items.
The brain does different things with 2D reading.
The brain can get this confused causing dyslexia.

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