Metronoscope

Metronoscope

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The “METRONOSCOPE” inscription on the case of this instrument refers to a device that exposes written material at timed intervals, in order to facilitate the development of reading skills and speed. This probably dates from the 1930s.
Earl Aulick Taylor (1901-1965), aided by his brothers James and Carl, created the Ophthalmograph and the Metronoscope, two devices used to record eye movement during reading and to train people to read more effectively.
Ref: “MACHINES TO SPEED STUDENTS’ READING,” New York Times (June 26, 1951), p. 31.
“DR. EARL TAYLOR, TAUGHT READING,” New York Times (Nov. 19, 1965), p. 39.
Earl A. Taylor, Controlled Reading: A Correlation of Diagnostic, Teaching and Corrective Techniques (Chicago, 1937).
Earl A. Taylor, James Y. Taylor, and Carl C. Taylor, “Art of Orthoptic Training,” U.S. Patent 2,110,344 (March 8, 1938), assigned to Educational Laboratories in Brownwood, Texas.
Earl A. Taylor, “Means and Method of Treating Eyes,” U.S. Patent 2.184,131 (Dec. 19, 1939), assigned to Educational Laboratories in Brownwood, Texas.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Rolls, Reading, Metronoscope, Set of
metronoscope
metronoscope
Other Terms
Rolls, Reading, Metronoscope, Set of; Diagnostic Medicine
Measurements
overall: 9 3/8 in x 13 in x 10 1/4 in; 23.8125 cm x 33.02 cm x 26.035 cm
ID Number
MG.302437.08
catalog number
M-14614
accession number
302437
catalog number
302437.08
Credit Line
Ruth Fisher
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