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The Potential of Comics in Science Communication

Citation: 
Matteo Farinella, 2018. The Potential of Comics in Science Communication, Journal of Science Communication. https://doi.org/10.22323/2.17010401
Abstract / Summary: 
Visual narratives, such as comics and animations, are becoming increasingly popular as a tool for science education and communication. Combining the benefits of visualization with powerful metaphors and character-driven narratives, comics have the potential to make scientific subjects more accessible and engaging for a wider audience. While many authors have experimented with this medium, empirical research on the effects of visual narratives in science communication remains scarce. This review summarizes the available evidence across disciplines, highlighting the cognitive mechanisms that may underlie the effects of visual narratives.    
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Visual narratives are becoming increasingly popular as a tool for science education and communication... and have the possibility to engage audiences currently underserved by other mechanisms of science communication.   

Comics have great potential, further empirical studies are required to understand the full effects of comics on learning, engagement and attitude toward science.

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Matteo Farinella

Year published: 
2018
Month published: 
January