II. While Reading Tasks: Word Inference
- demonstrate |ˈdemənˌstrāt| verb-give a practical exhibition and explanation of (how a machine, skill, or craft works or is performed): computerized design methods will be demonstrated | [ with clause ] : he demonstrated how to make his favorite hotdog.
- sync |siNGk| noun (informal) synchronization: images flash onto your screen in sync with the music. PHRASES: in (or out of) sync working well (or badly) together; in (or out of) agreement: her eyes and her brain seemed to be seriously out of sync.
- auditory |ˈôdiˌtôrē| adjective-of or relating to the sense of hearing: the auditory nerves | teaching methods use both visual and auditory stimulation.
- conflicting |kənˈfliktiNG| adjective-incompatible or at variance; contradictory: there are conflicting accounts of what occurred.
- effect |iˈfekt| noun-a change that is a result or consequence of an action or other cause: the lethal effects of hard drugs | politicians really do have some effect on the lives of ordinary people.
- perceive |pərˈsēv| verb-become aware or conscious of (something); come to realize or understand: his mouth fell open as he perceived the truth |he was quick to perceive that there was little future in such arguments.
- dyslexia |disˈleksēə| noun-a general term for disorders that involve difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols, but that do not affect general intelligence.
- override |ˌōvərˈrīd| verb-(past overrode; past participle overridden) use one’s authority to reject or cancel (a decision, view, etc.): the legislature’s insistence on overriding his budget vetoes.
- tendency |ˈtendənsē| noun (pl. tendencies) an inclination toward a particular characteristic or type of behavior: for students, there is a tendency to socialize in the evenings | criminal tendencies.
- fascinating |ˈfasəˌnātiNG| adjective-extremely interesting: fascinating facts.
Reading Comprehension: Fill-ins
The effect works so well that you don’t necessarily have to be looking right at the person’s mouth. You might perceive the McGurk effect even if you are looking at another part of your screen. If you have a lot of extra time and energy, you can even replicate the McGurk effect yourself while looking in a mirror and mouthing the sound.
Grammar Focus: Word -Recognition
This is just one example of the many fascinating techniques your brain uses to manage and simplify the huge amount of sensory information it is receiving at all times. Sometimes when your brain tries to deal with uncertain situations, it jumps to conclusions that just aren’t quite right.