When typing up your notes, it can be easy to forget what you were writing just a few minutes ago.
But a new typeface could make sure that you remember your notes for longer.
Researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne have created a new font, called ‘Sans Forgetica’, which they claim boosts your memory.
The font has slices out of the letters, which are written n a seven-degree slant.
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The font has slices out of the letters, which are written n a seven-degree slant
This makes words harder to read – but that’s actually the key to boosting your memory.
Senior marketing lecturer at RMIT, Janneke Blijlevens, said: “When we want to learn something and remember it, it’s good to have a little bit of an obstruction added to that learning process because if something is too easy it doesn’t create a memory trace.
“If it’s too difficult, it doesn’t leave a memory trace either. So you need to look for that sweet spot.”
During trials, the researchers showed 400 students notes – with some written in Sans Forgetica, and others written in Arial.
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The researchers believe the font could help students to revise
The results revealed that while 50 per cent remembered notes written in Arial, 57 per cent remember the notes in Sans Forgetica.
Stephen Banham, a typography lecturer who helped develop the font, said: “The mind will naturally seek to complete those shapes and so by doing that it slows the reading and triggers memory.”
Admittedly, reading in the font for long periods of time ‘would probably induce a headache’, according to Mr Banham.
However, in short, sharp bursts, it could be a game changer when it comes to revision.