Readability Research

As “tech people” committed to data-driven decisions, Readability Matters invites researchers–spanning cognitive science, visual science, human-computer interaction, education, and typography, from industry and academia–to participate in further study, shifting the focus from what is best for the population to what is best for the individual.  

Readability Matters calls for further study of Readability Features to support implementation recommendations for personalized reading. Research must support all communities of readers, young and old, proficient and struggling, good and poor vision. Further, the research must be designed to include iOS, Android, and web platforms. 

What question do you want to answer? Join the research community that is building better reading for everyone, everywhere. 

  • Readability Matters is engaging in vital work that will help enhance reading for everyone. I am excited to partner with them on cutting-edge research that will help improve our understanding of how readability features affect reading comprehension processes in the brain.
    — Dr. Shannon M. Sheppard, PhD, CCC-SLP, Chapman University
  • Advocates like Readability Matters are key in our era of information overload. LabX is excited to be working side by side with them to prove out technologies that enhance reading instantly.
    — Dr. Ben D. Sawyer, Professor of Industrial Engineering & Neuroscientist, University of Central Florida
  • The Readability Matters team has brought invaluable insights to help guide our research directions towards impactful findings on optimal reading formats. We look forward to continuing to learn from each other.
    — Dr. Zoya Bylinskii, Research Scientist, Adobe
  • ReadWorks is excited to team with Readability Matters and researchers exploring Readability impacts. We have a collective goal of improving outcomes for all learners.
    — Susanne Nobles, PhD, Chief Academic Officer, ReadWorks
  • As a researcher, I am excited to explore the benefits of personalized reading formats for children. Readability Features may be an important new tool for educators in the area of individualized instruction.
    — Carol Connor, PhD, Chancellors Professor, School of Education, University of California, Irvine
  • Readability Matters has served as the catalyst to bring together multiple groups of advocates, researchers, and professionals to help spur new research into the idea that every person, no matter their prior ability, can improve their reading ability with their optimal typeface. As a researcher, I am privileged to be working with such a group.
    — Shaun Wallace, Doctoral Candidate, Brown University
  • The team at Readability Matters continues to challenge our thinking and expand our research agenda. We look forward to improved reading productivity for all!
    — Rick Treitman, Entrepreneur in Residence, Adobe

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