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Q: Looking for academic references on studies about mistakes ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: Looking for academic references on studies about mistakes
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: ckclarke2006-ga
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Posted: 23 Apr 2006 11:40 PDT
Expires: 23 May 2006 11:40 PDT
Question ID: 722012
I'm looking for studies, journal articles or papers about mistakes -
specifically, I'm trying to find out if there's any literature on the
human inability to see mistakes his/her own writing.

For example, you might be working on writing an essay; you've been
drafting and redrafting it for a week. Somewhere in the essay there's
a sentence that says "In teh 19th century, the policy of the French
government..." You can look right at the sentence, but you've seen it
too many times to notice that it says "teh" instead of "the."

There's probably a name for this phenomenon and there are probably
papers about it. Can you help me out?
Subject: Re: Looking for academic references on studies about mistakes
Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 23 Apr 2006 13:07 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Thanks for a genuinely interesting research project! I've gathered
some links to material that I hope you'll find useful. If there are
any typographical errors in this answer, I will be very embarrassed
indeed. ;-)

Error detection in text: do feedback and familiarity help?

The generation effect in reading and proofreading



Towards a Theory of Error

Ethos and Error: How Business People React to Errors

Proofreading: A Reading/Writing Skill

Proofreading Study Bibliography

Human Error: Proofreading

My Google search strategy:

Google Web Search: "own errors" proofread study OR research OR paper

Google Web Search: "errors OR mistakes" proofread OR proofreading study text

Google Web Search: error detect OR detection text proofread

Google Web Search: "proofread your own work" OR "proofread one's own work"

I hope this helps! If anything is unclear or incomplete, please
request clarification; I'll be glad to offer further assistance before
you rate my answer.

Best regards,
ckclarke2006-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
This is absolutely what I was looking for - the references you
provided were extremely helpful and the bibliographies will lead me to
similar material. Thanks very much!

Subject: Re: Looking for academic references on studies about mistakes
From: nkamom-ga on 24 Apr 2006 05:58 PDT
I konw tihs is a ltitle off subejct but I hvae herad taht it deos not
mttear the odrer of the ltteers in a wrod so lnog as the frist and
lsat ltteers are crrocet.  The bairn raeds the wrod as a wohle.  Tuhs,
smoe msiktaes are hrad to sopt. (and that took me a long time to
Subject: Re: Looking for academic references on studies about mistakes
From: ckclarke2006-ga on 25 Apr 2006 10:15 PDT
Thanks for reminding me of this! This will also be useful.
Subject: Re: Looking for academic references on studies about mistakes
From: myoarin-ga on 25 Apr 2006 13:32 PDT
Nkamom's comment points out the difficulty of proofreading; our mind
corrects what our eyes see, based on long experience, making sense of
misplaced letters before we even register them.  (That works just as
well in German, by the way.)
Thank goodness for spell checkers!  Ever look at a word until you
couldn't make sense of it, let alone know if it was correctly spelled?

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