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Turns Out, Majority Of People Don’t Know What Lowercase ‘G’ Looks Like
By Yoon Sann Wong, 04 Apr 2018
Before you read any further, try your hand at identifying the correct form of lowercase “G” in the video screenshot above. Now remember your choice before discovering the correct answer in the first video below.
You might be familiar with the more common, single-story lowercase “G”—shown directly below—which is frequently taught in schools, but what about the double-story lowercase that’s more common in print, featured above?
In this amusing experiment by Johns Hopkins University, the research team found that majority of participants in their study was unable to identify the correct form of this lowercase “G.” The findings were published in this week’s Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance.
When asked to pick out the option that they thought was right, the team revealed that “[The participants] have no idea what we’re talking about.”
So, how is it possible that you come across something millions of times, and yet not recognize its appearance? Cognitive researchers from Johns Hopkins University explain why this is so in the second video below. But first, find out if your selection is correct by watching the first video, where the answer is revealed. The devil’s certainly in the G-tails.
[via Hub, videos via Johns Hopkins University, images via video screenshot]
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