Times New Roman and Helvetica are household names for anyone associated with computers. One simply can’t go around using laptops, tablets, and PCs while not using MS office at any point.
Taking notes over your computer is easier than writing them down but research has proven that handwritten notes are more clearly remembered than typed notes. The limitation of handwriting speed makes the brain discriminate between important and unimpressed verbatim of the lectures and makes you write only that which seems important. Writing something down after listening to it is also a complex process because it involves sensing the information, processing it, and then generating an appropriate response whereas typing is simply copying whatever the lecturer says.
Well, Sans Forgetica is something you can use. It’s a font developed by typographic design specialists and their collaborating psychological partners. The font allows you to remember the information delivered by forcing your brain to solve small puzzles.
This font was developed at Melbourne’s RMIT University. Its design is based on the principle of “desirable difficulty,” a concept that suggests that people tend to remember things better if their brains are challenged against obstacles. According to researchers, This promotes deeper cognitive processing. Sans Forgetica is slanted backwards and has breaks in the text so that the brain is challenged to connect the gaps, hence retaining more of what is read.
“We believe this is the first time that specific principles of design theory have been combined with specific principles of psychology theory in order to create a font,” said Chair of the RMIT Behavioural Business Lab and behavioural economist, Dr Jo Peryman.
The experiment was done on 400 Australian students in a controlled environment. The experiment sought to test the best font for memory retention by the font being obstructive and still legible.
Needless to say, Sans Forgetica is something every student needs before their exams.