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"Princeton undergraduate's thesis provides insights into cognition" (news item)

PtonGrad2000PtonGrad2000 Registered User Posts: 1,368 Senior Member
Diemand-Yauman '10 authors font study - The Daily Princetonian

"It was only after hours of photocopying required readings that Connor Diemand-Yauman ’10, then a junior, realized that he had accidentally cut off the last few letters of each line.

Little did he know that through deciphering these readings, he would formulate an idea for his thesis that would ultimately be written about in The Economist, featured on BBC News and published in the psychology journal Cognition. . . . (continued)"

Here are some of those news stories about Diemand-Yauman's discovery:

BBC News - Making things hard to read 'can boost learning'

CNN -- Improve memory, do your chores

The Economist -- Education: Learning difficulties

Princeton University - Font focus: Making ideas harder to read may make them easier to retain

While not every senior thesis leads to this kind of publicity associated with a significant discovery, some do. Every year, many undergraduate senior theses are published and the experience is an important part of a Princeton education. It's often one of the first things that two alumni will ask each other after meeting!

To learn more about the senior thesis that is required of every Princeton graduate, see the following:

Princeton University | The Senior Thesis
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