Study suggests artistic graphics may hinder students' ability to learn

05/10/2013 | Education Week

A recent study by psychology researchers from Ohio State University finds that increasing the artistic appeal of graphics, such as charts and graphs, could lessen students' ability to understand them, education reporter Sarah D. Sparks writes in this blog post. "Those who design material need to consider the possibility that inclusion of extraneous perceptual information may divert attention from the to-be-learned information," the study's authors concluded.

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