According to a new study by researchers at Sheffield Hallam University, comics are a better educational resource than traditional textbooks. The study investigated how the way information is presented can affect how easily it can be memorised. Dr Paul Aleixo is the lead researcher on the study and Nicola Streeten is a graphic novelist and comic scholar.
"Our research showed that the students that read a comic book version got more memory questions correct compared to when the same information was presented in text format alone – or in a combination of random images and text. This shows that the way comic books are structured – to include a special combination of words and pictures in a certain sequence – increases students’ ability to remember information."
-Dr Paul Aleixo, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Sheffield Hallam University
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