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It's official: boring powerpoint decks are better

Well, sort of. Some research does show that trying too hard in terms of making it animated can be counter productive.

Stephen Mahar of the University of North Carolina (Wilmington) and some colleagues looked at whether "custom animation" stops students from learning, and the answer seems to be yes.

In other words we're too mesmerised by the amazing powerpoint wizardry to hear what the speaker is actually saying.

According to Science Daily:

"The team found a marked difference in average student performance, with those seeing the non-animated lecture performing much better in the tests than those who watched the animated lecture. Students were able to recall details of the static graphics much better."

Good to know my fairly primitive powerpoint presentations may not be a complete waste of time after all!

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