Letters and other objects look significantly different to people familiar with them, a study has found.
Researchers looked at how experts and novices in a language viewed the letters in its alphabet.
Using Arabic as a frame of reference, those behind the study at John Hopkins University concluded visual processing was heavily influenced by experience.
Senior author Brenda Rapp, a professor in the Department of Cognitive Sciences, said: “You might assume we have basic vision machinery and that you could detect features of different letters even if you didn’t know the language. But that’s not the case. What you know affects how you see things.” More.
See: The Independent