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Cognition. 2011 Jan;118(1):111-5. doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2010.09.012. Epub 2010 Oct 30.

Fortune favors the bold (and the Italicized): effects of disfluency on educational outcomes.

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Princeton University, Department of Psychology, Princeton, NJ 08540, United States.

Abstract

Previous research has shown that disfluency--the subjective experience of difficulty associated with cognitive operations - leads to deeper processing. Two studies explore the extent to which this deeper processing engendered by disfluency interventions can lead to improved memory performance. Study 1 found that information in hard-to-read fonts was better remembered than easier to read information in a controlled laboratory setting. Study 2 extended this finding to high school classrooms. The results suggest that superficial changes to learning materials could yield significant improvements in educational outcomes.

PMID:
21040910
DOI:
10.1016/j.cognition.2010.09.012
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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