Tip #255: Three Types of Cognitive Load

On December 17, 2008, Posted by , In brain research, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #255: Three Types of Cognitive Load

The intention of cognitive load theory is to avoid overwhelming the learner with new information. I will do my best.

For the purpose of honest disclosure, all of the following information is drawn from Cognitive Load Theory and the Role of Learner Experience: An Abbreviated Review for Educational Practitioners (2008), by Anthony R. Artino, Jr.

Before we begin, we need to have some understanding of schemas and automation, and why they are important for learning.

Schemas categorize elements of information according to how they will be used. Schemas are how long-term memory organizes and stores information. Since complex schemas with many interrelated elements can be held in working memory as a single entity, these schemas effectively expand the capacity of … Read the rest