Cognitive Daily

Casual Fridays: PowerPoint vs. Text

Given all the interest in PowerPoint lately, we thought it might be a good time to devote a Casual Friday to PowerPoint. Specifically, can we learn more from much-maligned PowerPoint, or is good ol’ text better?

We’ve designed a study that will present some information in PowerPoint form and some information in text form. Then we’ll give you a short quiz on the results. If we get enough responses, we should have a definitive answer to the question of whether PowerPoint is a good way to disseminate information.

The whole thing should take just a few minutes of your time.

You’ll need a couple of things to participate:

1. A reasonably fast internet connection: you’ll need to view a 2-3 MB QuickTime movie
2. Javascript should be enabled on your browser (most browsers do this by default)

Click here to participate

As usual, you will have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, November 15 to participate — or until we have 500 responses, whichever comes first. Then don’t forget to come back next Friday for our analysis of the results!

So that quiz answers aren’t revealed, I’m closing the comments for now. I’ll open them up once the study is complete.