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Title

The influence of font type on information recall

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

North American Journal of Psychology

Volume

7

Issue

2

First Page

181

Last Page

188

Abstract

Previous research-on reading has primarily focused on the cognitive and neurological aspects of learning to read and reading disabilities. In this study, the physical characteristics of the text itself were examined in an applied setting. Specifically, the influence of two common characteristics of font types (serif or san serif markings and proportional or mono-spacing) on recall of information was investigated. The participants were college students (N = 149). Each participant received a one page discussion of Tuberculosis, in the form of an office memorandum distributed in a health care facility, and was then tested on recall of the important points discussed in the memorandum. Serif fonts significantly improved recall of the information. © NAJP.

Original Publication Date

12-1-2005

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