Photoreading Faq

by C. Cabrera - Date: 2007-05-07 - Word Count: 446 Share This!

What are the most frequently asked questions about PhotoReading?

PhotoReading is a revolutionary concept - it's no wonder it's causing a lot of stir. Wondering what it is and whether it could really help you? This FAQ should help you make a decision.

What exactly is PhotoReading?

'Photo-reading' is taking mental pictures to process written information. Coined in 1994, PhotoReading is based on the same theory speed reading was based on: that the human mind can fully recognize an image at a rate of one five-hundredth of a second.

PhotoReading however, involves an entirely different process, which includes five stages: Light Hypnotic State, Preview, PhotoReading, Activation, and Rapid Reading.

PhotoReading is currently being marketed under the 'PhotoReading Whole Mind System' by the Learning Strategies Corporation. There is a lot of skepticism surrounding the system, especially since it is said to based only on 'pseudoscience' and has little or no hard evidence to back it up.

How do I start PhotoReading?

In order to successfully PhotoRead, you need to follow these steps:

1) Relax until you reach a light hypnotic state. Go to a comfortable area and induce a semi-unconscious state of mind. This prepares and conditions your subconscious for reading.

2) Preview the material. Read the indexes and appendixes of the book (or the outline and subtitles in case of documents. This gives you an overview of the structure of the material - what it is about, and what it intends to teach. During the preview stage, you also scan every 20 pages of the book and remember important keywords.

3) Start PhotoReading. You now take mental pictures of the whole book (page by page, from cover to cover). PhotoReading experts say that you can do this by 'visually imprinting' the page in your mind at the rate of one page per second.

4) Activate what you have read. Wait for your subconscious mind to absorb the information. This usually takes anywhere from 20 minutes to a day (sometimes more). Start asking questions based what you remember, and then find answers by skimming, creating mental maps, and filling in the blanks.

5) Perform rapid reading. Now that you have a better idea of what the book is about, you can go through the book by reading it as you would a regular book. You are expected to be able to go through it faster because of the preceding steps.

Does PhotoReading really work?

There is no existing research to fully validate all the claims made by the proponents of PhotoReading. Marketing and advertising materials outnumber scientific information about it.

PhotoReading seems to work for some people, and not for others. To some it is nothing more than another useless 'system,' but more and more people are finding it too interesting not to try.

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