A comprehensive and well-written article by Matteo Farinella, illustrating that 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.
Matteo combines his scientific expertise in neuroscience with his passion for drawing, producing educational comics, illustrations and animations to review evidence across disciplines and highlight the cognitive mechanisms that may underlie the effects of visual narratives. His article concludes that although evidence suggests that comics have great potential, further empirical studies are required to understand the full effects of comics on learning, engagement and attitude toward science.
Matteo Farinella is currently Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, Colombia University, where he investigates the role of ‘visual narratives’ in science communication. Follow his work from his websites Matteo Farinella and Cartoon Science or on Twitter @matteofarinella.