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The expert typist in all of us

London - Mobile phone and computer keyboards are turning people into expert touch typists – without them even realising it.

When scientists asked 100 students to complete a typing test, they managed an average of 72 words a minute, with an accuracy rate of 94 percent.

When scientists asked 100 students to complete a typing test, they managed an average of 72 words a minute, with an accuracy rate of 94 percent. Credit: REUTERS

However, they only knew the position of an average of 15 letters on a keyboard when shown a blank one, said the report in the Attention, Perception & Psychophysics journal.

Dr Kristy Snyder, from Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, lead author of the report, said: “When you are typing away at your computer, you don’t know what your fingers do.

“This demonstrates that we’re capable of doing extremely complicated things without knowing explicitly what we are doing.” - Daily Mail

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