Scientists have created a font that helps to better remember the text. And they called it Sans Forgetica

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Especially important for students in lectures.

Designers from Melbourne, along with scientists from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), have developed a font that simplifies reading and memorizing text. It was ironically called Sans Forgetica.

It differs from the ordinary Forgetica font in that it is harder for the eyes to perceive it. But “intentional complexity” at the same time forces the brain to process the text more carefully.

As Cara Curtis from The Next Web noted, because of the gaps in the letters, there is a feeling that something is wrong, but it allows you to better memorize the text.

To make your brain work harder to retain information, the font is legible yet evidently broken and disconnected. Since chunks of words are removed, the brain is required to put more effort into reading, which only takes a fraction of a second — but this font seems to be working.
Cara Curtis
Editor of The Next Web

Scientists conducted a study on a small sample of 400 students. Sans Forgetica really allowed them to memorize the text a little better. The same text, the subjects who read Forgetica, remembered 7% better than those who read it in the usual Arial.

Example of words written in Forgetica

As co-author Stephen Banham noted, in everyday life, the font is useless and may even be harmful. Nevertheless, Sans Forgetica can be useful for students in stressful situations: when preparing for exams or to write abstracts of lectures.

“God no, you wouldn’t want novels printed in it, it would probably induce a headache,”
Stephen Banham
font co-creator

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