How Serif and Sans Serif Typefaces Influence Reading on Screen: An Eye Tracking Study

  • Berrin DogusoyEmail author
  • Filiz Cicek
  • Kursat Cagiltay
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9747)


This study aims to investigate how serif and sans serif typefaces influence reading from screen. 10 graduate students voluntarily participated in the study. The data were collected in a laboratory setting. Participants were asked to find the misspelled words in two different texts written in serif and sans serif typeface. The participants tried to find the misspelled words in the texts, during the data collection there was no time limitation. Participants’ eye movements were recorded by Tobii 1750 eye tracker device. The data were analyzed according to the accuracy and eye behavior metrics. The findings showed that participants read from sans serif typeface faster and more accurate than serif typeface. The findings suggest that participants fixated on the misspelled words more on serif typeface than sans serif typeface, in terms of the total visit duration participants spent more time on serif typeface than sans serif typeface.


Reading behavior Reading from screen Eye movement Serif Sans serif User interface 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer Education and Instructional TechnologyMersin UniversityMersinTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Computer Education and Instructional TechnologyMiddle East Technical UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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