The European Association of Science Editors (EASE) is an international community of individuals and associations from diverse backgrounds, linguistic traditions and professional experiences in science communication and editing.

Improving Comprehension: Theories and Research Findings

Tom Lang Communications and Training International

This workshop summarizes research into how certain characteristics of writing improve or reduce the ability of readers to understand, recall, reference, and use written information. Included in the presentation are overviews of theories of composition, communication, and cognitive psychology that can guide writers in communicating more clearly. The workshop emphasizes the application of specific techniques for improving the data-to-day writing of scientific documents. (This workshop has some overlap with Writing Patient Education Materials.)

Some of the information comes from Chapters 2 and 3 of How to Write, Publish, and Present in the Health Sciences and some from Lang TA, Talerico C. Improving comprehension: theories and research findings. In Selected Workshops in Biomedical Communication, vol, 2. An optional pre-workshop assignment adds 1.5 hours to the workshop.