Do Screen and Text Color Affect Retention?
Grade Level: 4th to 8th; Type: Social Science
This experiment explores whether computer screen and text color affect retention and if people subconsciously prefer combinations of colors that help retention.
- Did certain combinations of screen and text colors lead to consistently more words being remembered?
- Is there any correlation between a subject’s preferred colors and his retention?
- A computer
- Paper and pencil for tracking results
- At least 20 test subjects
- Develop several simple retention tests: lists of words that the test subject will study and then recall. The lists should all be different but equally difficult.
- Type the lists of words so that each list appears on a different colored screen and with different colored text. Include a range of light and dark, vibrant and subdued colors.
- Allow the test subject to study a list of words for 30 seconds.
- Take the computer away and ask the subject to name as many of the words as he can remember.
- Repeat the memory test using all combinations of screen and text colors.
- Record the number of words recalled for each color combination.
- Ask the subject if there was any screen/text color combination(s) that he preferred.
- Analyze the results. Did certain combinations of screen and text colors lead to a consistently higher number of words being retained? Is there any correlation between preferred colors and retention?
Terms/Concepts: screen color, text color, retention, preference
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