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My reading speed has slowed significantly in the past few years (ever since I stopped reading paperback books for the most part). The sub vocalization issue had never even occurred to me before.

I tried reading the article by just looking at the words, and realized I could indeed go much faster without pronouncing them in my head. I guess that's how skimming works, but the trick is to slow down just enough to actually understand each word while taking the group of words together as one thought.

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I am not sure that I can think much faster than I can sub vocalize.  To be honest, I often find myself rereading certain things to try and fully understand them.  

Have any tests been able to show that comprehension does not fall off after a certain speed of reading has been achieved?  I am not talking about repeating something verbatim, but grasping the "deeper" meaning.

I've been working with a variety of speed reading techniques for a while too and sub vocalizing was one of my major problems. I seemed to get over it by just pushing a bit faster than I could form the words in my head.

This did not detract too much from my comprehension and, over a period, got me out of the habit of sub vocalizing everything. Over time I've found that I can read extremely quickly when reading "for enjoyment". Especially fantasy novels, which I easily finish in one sitting.

I'm also a network engineer and I find that when reading white papers or other such materiel that are work related my speed is less than a third of my "fun-reading" speed. I perform best where the text enables me to build up clear images, or where the plot means that the flow of language is easy to follow (or even predict). This is sadly rarely the case with work related material.



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