Decoding Scrambled Messages
Sensitive information is often coded before it is transmitted. These codes are designed to be difficult to break in order to keep this information safe from unintended recipients. A simple coded message may scramble the letters in a word or replace one letter with another. These are easy to break and not useful for sensitive information, though they can be a fun way to communicate in secret with friends. In this experiment, you will discover how quickly a person can unscramble a coded message to determine how difficult the code is to break.
Research suggests that most people are able to unscramble the letters in a word, provided that the first and last letters are in the correct place. This experiment aims to discover experimentally whether this is true and whether people can also decode scrambled messages if the first and last letters are also scrambled.
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