Why it Works
Every document is custom-analyzed to create a unique library of the words and phrases used.
To date, LTI has full ownership of issued and pending patents that fall into three types of technology.
ReadSmart® technology is based on decades of peer-reviewed scientific research of our team of scientists and others.
What is ReadSmart?
ReadSmart® technology is based on the science
of how the brain most efficiently processes written words and sentences.
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About Language Technologies, Inc.
ReadSmart LLC is composed of scientists and experts in the fields of linguistics, neuroscience, psychology and computer science, as well as leaders in the print and marketing industries. ReadSmart maintains its headquarters and development offices in Tucson, Arizona.
Developed and tested over the past 20 years under the leadership
of founder Dr. Thomas G. Bever, ReadSmart technology combines cutting edge software and proven scientific research. Dr. Bever
has been a central figure in the development of the fields of
cognitive science and psycholinguistics for more than 40 years.
Language Technologies, Inc. (LTI), a Tucson-based Delaware corporation, is the creator and developer of ReadSmart
technology. ReadSmart technology is based on over 40 years of scientific research in linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, and computer science and has resulted in three issued and three pending patents from the US Patent and Trademark Office. LTI has licensed the use of ReadSmart software exclusively to ReadSmart, LLC.
Lee H. Berendt – President and CEO
Lee Berendt brings more than 30 years of senior management experience to the company. Previously, he was President and Executive Vice-Chairman of Commodity Exchange, Inc. (Comex) in New York, and President and CEO of the MidAmerica Commodity Exchange in Chicago, which he successfully merged into the Chicago Board of Trade, and a special consultant to the chairmen of the Chicago Board Option Exchange (CBOE).
Thomas G. Bever, PhD – co-founder and Chairman of the Board
Dr. Bever is a Regents Professor at the University of Arizona in the Departments of Linguistics, Psychology, and Language, Reading, and Culture and a faculty member of the Cognitive Science Program, the Program in Neuroscience, and the Second Language and Teaching Program.
His theoretical and applied research has been published in over 140 articles and books on a wide variety of topics including the basis for cerebral asymmetries in humans and animals, the nature of adult performance systems, the fundamental laws of learning abstract systems in humans and animals, individual differences in cognitive processes (e.g., based on gender or handedness), and the nature of visual computational processes that comprise the evolved biological substrate for language.
Dr. Bever is the former Head of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Arizona, Founder and Director of the Center for the Sciences of Language at the University of Rochester, and held previous appointments at Columbia University and The Rockefeller University. He is the co-founder of the journal Cognition, co-author of Sentence Comprehension, and co-inventor of several issued and pending patents. He is a recent winner of the Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize.
Kristen Pruett – Director of Production
Kristen Pruett applies ReadSmart to client documents, both print and ebook. A graduate of the Southwest University of Visual Arts, she is co-inventor of a pending patent on ReadSmart technology.
Scientific Advisory Board
LTI's Scientific Advisory Board is a panel of leading experts on the science of reading. The Board is an interdisciplinary resource for LTI on current developments in reading, education, and literacy with expertise in cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, educational psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, and second language learning.
Thomas G. Bever is a Professor at the University of Arizona in the Departments of Linguistics, Psychology, and Language, Reading, and Culture and a faculty member of the Cognitive Science Program, and Program in Neuroscience, and the Second Language and Teaching Program. His theoretical and applied research is published in over 140 articles and books on a wide variety of topics including the basis for cerebral asymmetries in humans and animals, the nature of adult performance systems, the fundamental laws of learning abstract systems in humans and animals, individual differences in cognitive processes (e.g., based on gender or handedness), and the nature of visual computational processes that comprise the evolved biological substrate for language.
Kenneth S. Goodman is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Language, Reading and Culture in the College of Education at the University of Arizona. He is best known for developing his comprehensive theory of the reading process and his contribution to the literacy philosophy movement called "whole language learning". He was elected to the Reading Hall of Fame. Among awards he has received are the Distinguished Researcher Award from the National Council on Research in Language and Literacy and the James Squire Lifetime Achievement award from the National Council of Teachers of English.
Yetta M. Goodman is Regents Professor Emerita in the Department of Language, Reading and Culture in the College of Education at the University of Arizona, where, in addition to working with doctoral students, she also directs the Eye Movement Miscue Analysis Lab. In addition to her research in early literacy, miscue analysis, and in exploring reading and writing processes, she has popularized the term "kidwatching" encouraging teachers to be professional observers of the language and learning development of their students. She is a major spokesperson for whole language, and in her extensive writing shows concern for educational issues and research with a focus on classrooms, students and teachers.
Charles A. Perfetti is Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Director of the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the 2004 recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading. Dr. Perfetti is Co-Director of the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center, funded by the National Science Foundation. His current research program addresses the nature of reading skill, the role of word knowledge in comprehension, comparative studies of reading across writing systems, and second language learning.
Steven Pinker is Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He has also taught at Stanford and MIT. His research on visual cognition and the psychology of language has won prizes from the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Institution of Great Britain, and the American Psychological Association. He has been named Humanist of the Year, and is listed in Foreign Policy and Prospect magazine’s “The World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals” and in Time magazine’s “The 100 Most Influential People in the World Today.” His latest book is The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature.
Mark S. Seidenberg is a Hilldale Professor and Donald O. Hebb Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin. His reading research addresses the nature of skilled reading, how children learn to read, dyslexia, the brain bases of reading, using the tools of modern cognitive neuroscience: behavioral experiments, computational models, and neuroimaging. His language research addresses what people know when they know a language, how this knowledge is represented in the brain, and how it is acquired and used.
Improving Literacy Through Technology, LTI’s goal is to make reading easier. When reading is easy, people read more, they understand better, and make smarter decisions
By integrating design, technology, and applied science, LTI creates products and services that achieve that goal. ReadSmart is:
• Pioneering – ReadSmart is the first text formatting technology that is scientifically proven to improve reading outcomes without changing the appearance of the text.
• Proven – Extensive laboratory and field studies show that ReadSmarting text improves readability, comprehension and enjoyment of content.
• Protected – ReadSmart’s “secret sauce,” LTI’s proprietary text-formatting algorithms, are protected by six patents (5 issued, one pending). ReadSmart is a registered trademark of LTI.