Eli5: what happens in your brain when you try to read a simple sentence but you’re unable to understand in the first few attempts?

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Eli5: what happens in your brain when you try to read a simple sentence but you’re unable to understand in the first few attempts?

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Your eyes are looking at it but you’re not actually reading. Reading requires attention and you can only pay attention to one thing at a time to commit that thing into your working memory. So if you’re distracted, you can move your eyes over the words but not actually bring it into your memory.

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sometimes the sentence is phrased in a way your mind isn’t prepared for. It’s gripping such mental concepts that’s tricky.

Did you find that last sentence kind of hard to pick up on? yeah, like that.