Australian researchers say they have developed a new tool that could help students cramming for exams – a font that helps the reader remember information.
Melbourne-based RMIT University’s behavioural business lab and design school teamed up to create ‘Sans Forgetica’ – which they say uses psychological and design theories to aid memory retention.
About 400 university students have been involved in a study that found a small increase in the amount participants remembered – 57% of text written in Sans Forgetica compared with 50% in a plain Arial.
Typography lecturer Stephen Banham said the font had an unusual seven-degree back slant to the left and gaps in each letter.
‘The mind will naturally seek to complete those shapes and so by doing that it slows the reading and triggers memory’ Banham told the Guardian.
Senior marketing lecturer Janneke Blijlevens said the concept of ‘desirable difficulty’ underpinned the font’s design.