Effect of Visual Emphasis on Important Parts of Texts

  • Yuta FukuiEmail author
  • Toru Nakata
  • Toshikazu Kato
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9733)


This paper investigates the effect of visual emphasis on important parts of texts to support readers’ comprehension. Our experiment showed that changing color and enlarging font size of important parts shorten reading time and improve accuracy of comprehension. We, however, also found a negative effect of visual emphasis that the readers less understand contents of not-emphasized area. This paper reports influences of those cognitive effects quantitatively.


Reading comprehension Visual emphasis of texts 



This work was partially supported by JSPS KAKENHI grants (No. 25240043) and TISE Research Grant of Chuo University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Industrial and Systems Engineering, Graduate School of Science and EngineeringChuo UniversityHachiojiJapan
  2. 2.National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)TsukubaJapan
  3. 3.Chuo UniversityHachiojiJapan

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