How to actually be good at rote memorization. A group of psychologists decided to help the kids out by examining the optimal duration for studying a particular item. (…)
Subjects who avoided the longest (16s) and shortest (1s) durations retained more information when testeed after 5 minutes and when tested after 2 days. (…)
Performance was much better for intermediate (e.g., 4 s) presentation durations.
I bring up this study not because it’s crucial for our education system, but because in the future every part of our lives will be designed based on this type of research. Advertisements, online dating profiles, and all manner of printed instructions will be optimized for the perfect exposure length.