Project Summary: This project is a psychological study of the effect of legibility and readability (using the Passive Sentences, Flesh Reading Ease and Flesh-Kincaid Grade Level measuring systems) on a middle-aged (ages 45 to 64 years old) reader's idea memory percentage. Four separate studies were conducted, with the font colour, font size, font type and column width being manipulated one at a time for each experiment. The results of this experiment were combined to create a superformat for publishers to use when targetting this specific age group. 74 people were consistently tested in this study.

Source of Idea: Since the start of junior high, I have always had a few problems trying to remember things. Whether it is a novel I've read, or my own science research paper, I've had a few problems with memory, even though I am a Visual Learner, as determined by a test I took for a school project that told me my learning style. Last year, I did an experiment on column widths to see which one was better for different types of people that were my age. My results showed that a six inch column width was the best for students like us to use. This year, I wanted to expand my knowledge a bit more. Instead of doing just column widths, I've decided to do that, font colour, san serif versus serif and font size. There will be four tests, and since I realized that older people needed more help than I did, I decided to do a study on middle-aged people (ages 45-64 years old). I will also test their learning style, as that may affect the results. This will allow the results to sort into finer categories in order to be specific. They need to still remember things, for they have the reins to society.

Project Information

Grade Grouping: 7-9 (Grade 8)

Team Size: 1 or 2 (1)

Subject Area: Health

Project Type: Experimental

Language: English

Software Tools:
For Webpage:
Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional (PC Version)
Microsoft Paint (PC Version)
Microsoft Notepad (PC Version)
Dell Photo Editor (PC Version)
Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 (PC Version)
Macromedia Fireworks MX 2004 (PC Version)
For Project:
QuarkXPress 4.1 (Macintosh Version)
Macromedia Freehand 8.0 (Macintosh Version)
Microsoft Word 2003 (PC Version)
Microsoft Excel 2003 (PC Version)
Adobe Photoshop 5.0 (Macintosh Version)

Hardware Tools:
Apple G3 with Macintosh 8.1
Dell Dimension Desktop 4600C with Windows XP Home Edition
Dell All-in-One Printer A920
Epson Colour Inkjet Printer 1520

Special Skills:
Basic Graphic Design (using multiple programs)

Awards Won:
Calgary Youth Science Fair - Social Sciences Category: Gold Medal
(March 2005)

For a reference list, see the Credits section of the webpage.

This webpage was submitted for the 2005 Canada Wide Virtual Science Fair.

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