"Learning About Vertebrates and Invertebrates"
Putting a human face on nonhumans (anthromorphism) is often used when teaching young children. Whether such addition of human characteristics on nonhumans helps learning has been examined in a research work scheduled to be published in the Journal of Educational Psychology. This recent study actually involves students in college and high school and the conclusions are quite remarkable. Learning outcomes are improved by as much as one standard deviation for both retention of material as well as transfer. The following is an example of two figures employed in this study, one is given human characteristics and personalized while the other is not.
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Anthropomorphism in Decorative Pictures: Benefit or Harm for Learning?
Schneider, Sascha; Nebel, Steve; Beege, Maik; Rey, Günter Daniel
Journal of Educational Psychology, Apr 27 , 2017, .http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/edu0000207