The Symbol Recognition cognitive function is responsible for visually recognizing and remembering symbols and words.
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We can liken this cognitive function to that of a camera in our heads. In our left hemisphere, this cognitive function is responsible for remembering symbols – letters and numbers (see Object Recognition for the parallel function in our right hemisphere). Think of taking a picture of a word you see for the first time. Your camera captures its detail, takes a template of the image. When you see the word again, for the second time – your brain searches for the template.
How quickly can you find a match? How clear was the template? Was every detail, the shape and order of the letters captured? This is your Symbol Recognition at work.
Does it take you or your child longer to learn the new word? Does it require multiple repetitions? Is the picture vague? Letters incorrect or misplaced? Do we have to sound out the word all over again?
Retaining mathematical and scientific formulae