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Researchers have created a font that can boost your memory

I spent my university years sitting in countless lectures accompanied by uninspiring Powerpoint presentations. My notes were equally uninspiring, and never stayed in my memory.

It’s a problem that doesn’t just affect students. Ever caught yourself re-reading the same article twice? To make text easier to remember, Melbourne-based designers partnered with behavioral scientists at RMIT University and have designed a font that actually makes reading more difficult.

Ironically named Sans Forgetica,” the font is more difficult to read than most typefaces – and that’s by design. The ‘desirable difficulty’ you experience when reading information formatted in Sans Forgetica prompts your brain to engage in deeper processing.

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.

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