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It shows that good Information Design/Architecture, including good graphic design principles, can assist learning (at least I think that's what it shows based on a quick read).
The kind of tabular procedure Sean is talking about is different, I think, from the example shown on the court page. In that one, "Step n" is in the left column, and the step text is in the right column. In Sean's example (if I remember right), the action to perform is in the left column (with the step number, I assume), and the outcome or result is in the right column.
I can cite no examples of research right now, but a quick search on Google Scholar shows lots of papers associated with "brain learning visual cortex." I do NOT know if there is an advantage to the left-to-right sweeping that you'd have in Sean's example, versus a vertical scan as in the normal, ordered list form of step-by-step procedures. I think it would be a decent subject for study, though.
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