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Von Restorff first highlighted what she called the “isolation effect” (or "distinctive encoding") which consists in making a detail stand out on a uniform background or on an overloaded background. It is to be noted that the human eye and brain are always in search of visual discrepancies. It is what we call the “habit break”.
The use of animated GIF or even of an upside down image can be seen as a habit break. Surprising details are more likely to be remembered. With SiteW Flash block, you can easily add animations and banners to your website. And with the Image block, you can insert as many pictures as you need.
You can draw attention to light, color, size, circumstances, image, animation, words and sounds. Attention is linked to surprise, amazement and to other stimuli. Our Music block will allow you to add sounds.
Please note that there is a counter effect to this phenomenon. Your attention and memory ability can be completely captured by the Von Restorff effect. Thus, the secondary information may not be seen or be forgotten by your visitors, who remember less.
We advise you to take the Von Restorff effect into account when you create your calls to action. Indeed, as seen in our previous article: How to increase your sales with calls to action?, it is essental to highlight your calls to action. The von Restorff effect can help you with this task.
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Last update: April 06, 2017