Animation connects with the brain in a way that engages your viewer and helps learning.
But there are even more reasons why animations are better learning tools when compared to live video, so we had to make another post about it…
Video is the best way to engage you audience (whether animation or not) as 70% of all your sensory receptors are in your eyes and 50% of your brain is used for visual processing. With animation, you can control what these receptors are focusing on.
The less complicated the image, the better. The less effort required to identify the important piece of information, the faster the brain will store the message you are trying to get across.
Having someone talk to your audience will help them hear the information. Letting them watch the illustrations being drawn will help them see the information. However, the most valuable thing is to combine these two things together!
A professor of psychology at the University of California, Richard E. Mayer, worked with multimedia learning and found that bringing together words and images is the best way to help learning.
He found that ‘you have to understand the mind to know how to integrate animation’. By this he meant that you have to choose your image wisely as using the wrong illustration can be ineffective.
You’ve heard the science side, now let’s just think about you and everyday life.
How often do you use a metaphor to get your point across?
If you’re anything like me, constantly!
We use metaphors to connect a people to our situations, to help them understand and occasionally to help connect the situation to other senses (making the link from emotional to psychical feelings).
This is what an animation is – A long metaphor! For example, the viewer is seeing the character in the situation you are explaining, helping them to create a stronger connection to the brain.