Not all difficulties are desirable for learning

Paul's Random Thoughts / Gedachten

It was previously claimed that the font Sans Forgetica, a type font created by a multidisciplinary team of designers and behavioural scientists from RMIT University, could enhance people’s memory for information, however researchers have found after carrying out numerous experiments that the font does not enhance memory.

Researcher Dr Kimberley Wade, from the Department of Psychology from Warwick University comments:

“After conducting four peer-reviewed experiments into Sans Forgetica and comparing it to Arial, we can confidently say that Sans Forgetica promotes a feeling of disfluency, but does not boost memory like it is claimed to.

“In fact, it seems like although Sans Forgetica is novel and hard to read, its effects might well end there.”

A discussion of the research can be found here. Unfortunately for many, the article itself is behind a paywall. Here’s the abstract:

Scientists working at the intersection of cognitive psychology and education have…

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