A tachistoscope is a device that displays (usually by projecting) an image for a specific amount of time. It can be used to increase recognition speed, to show something too fast to be consciously recognized, or to test which elements of an image are memorable. Some call this subliminal messaging.
n. An apparatus that projects a series of images onto a screen at rapid speed to test visual perception, memory, and learning.
Swiftword is my version of a text based tachistoscope application. Essentially it is a speed reader - you feed it a text file containing the content you want to memorise, and play the file through at progressively faster speeds. Eventually, your subconscious begins to anticipate the next word before it is even delivered as your memory begins to retain the information. This can be used to help you memorise things like speeches and course notes, and can even assist slow readers to speed up through coaching to avoid sub-vocalising words as you read.
When you get to the end of the file, the program will stop. You can start the process again by clicking the Play button (or press the space bar).
- Display Speed
- Font & Font Size
- Font and Background colour
- Fullscreen mode
- Text Chunking
- Windows XP or higher
- Microsoft .NET 2.0
Purchasing Swiftword is conducted via the Share*It! Payment processing service. Basically you pay, and they send you a personalised download link.
[Product Code 300377524]
2nd May 2008 - Version 1.0 Released
24th March 2010 – Version 1.1 Released
* Text Chunking Added