My thoughts and impulses intrude on my focus like a group of people trying to break into a house. The crooks carefully pick the lock on the back door to steal all the silverware. Sometimes stealth goes out of the window and they kick through the front door and take whatever they want.

If I waded into a river to save a bunch of kittens from falling down a waterfall, I would be so happy. The crowd has gone wild, the spectres of Gandhi, Churchill and Obi-Wan Kenobi hover over the riverbank, and fireworks crackle overhead.

I read the same pages again, but this time I'm so focused on another fantasy that I can't remember anything. I'm imagining that I'm so focused that Manchester United want me to be their special penalty taker. I have to give up and go and be distracted somewhere else because of these Walter Mitty episodes.

When it comes to focusing, I need all the help I can get because I don't take Ritalin. A typographical trick that helps people read more quickly and efficiently has been created by a Swiss developer. It works by highlighting a limited number of letters in a word in bold and allowing your brain to fill in the rest.

Is this sentence clearer now that you are reading it in a different language, or are you still confused?

The advantage of bold text is that it gives readers an advantage, facilitates fast learning and knowledge expansion, and provides a tool to read with less noise, more focus and fewer distraction. Some people have said that it unlocked their brain and helped them with their learning disabilities. Excellent! I give it a try because it's music to my ears.

I'm not a scientist and I don't mind a control group, so I just read the same text twice and see which version reads better. If I have already read the first text in normal, then it is obvious that the second go will be easier, and the same problem arises if I read in bionic. I decided that mixing up paragraphs in bionic and a regular fonts from the same text would be a fair test.

I don't know if it's because I'm trying so hard, but it's good. It's less like reading and more like being punched in the face with letters, letters that jar my brain to fill in the partially formed words into fully formed ones. I am processing text more quickly and retaining more information. The experience of reading is not enjoyable. It's like having your favourite album played to you in chunks, making it sound like Pink Floyd.

The study involved 12 readers who were asked to read a text in ordinary and bionic text. The results of his tests are not clear, but he claims that most subjects reported a positive effect on reading.

Some novels are already made for the attention deficit disorder. A wandering mind is encouraged by books. Contribute to rumination. There are other moments where it glides and lilts, but you put it down and reflect. If you read through the lens, everything becomes more powerful as if the writer was writing a novel. It would improve Wuthering Heights.

When my art and design teacher made me read a textbook detailing the many, many shades of colour on the pencil scale, I could have benefited from it. I almost certainly would have torn pages from it and sent rude messages to classmates on paper plane.

  • Mental health, homelessness and social care are topics that Daniel Lavelle writes about.