Will a Poor Font Choice Improve student Learning? Reply


The idea that I would choose a font which is harder to read runs counter to everything I have learned and teach.  Yet, a preliminary study in Cognition journal asked this very question.  So what did they find?

The answer to this study was "yes."  The thesis is that a poor font choice forced students to attend more closely to the message.

Now, the sample size is small, and the test is not what I would call highly similar to how we actually study.  Yet, the very idea that we would make something harder to read and then ask if it improves learning is an interesting and (to me) counter-intuitive question.  I would enjoy seeing what any follow-up studies might find.

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