Are ugly fonts more memorable?

13 Jan

As teachers, most of us now shy away from the Comic Sans font.

During the early part of this decade we were told that it made text easier to read for students so being good teachers and only wanting the best for our students most of us probably used it liberally in every resource and worksheet we created.

Fast forward to 2011 and most teachers, especially ICT teachers would agree that Comic Sans on a worksheet now looks a little cringworthy.

However according to new scientific research it appears that the ‘ugly’ fonts actually do help students to learn better.

No one has a definitive answer as to why this may be but Neuroscience blogger Jonah Lehrer tells the Radio 4 Today program that he believes we have to concentrate harder when reading text written in certain fonts and so we are more likely to remember what we have just read.

Listen to the podcast here (4:15 mins)

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