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Neuroimaging of cognitive load in instructional multimedia

Educational Research Review Volume 2, Number 1, ISSN 1747-938X Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


This paper reviews research literature on cognitive load measurement in learning and neuroimaging, and describes a mapping between the main elements of cognitive load theory and findings in functional neuroanatomy. It is argued that these findings may lead to the improved measurement of cognitive load using neuroimaging. The paper describes how current measures of cognitive load cannot accurately show the distinction between different types of cognitive load in different learning conditions, and existing approaches to cognitive load assessment are limited in terms of their precision and methodology. A literature review discusses the conceptual framework of Sweller's [Sweller, J. (1994). Cognitive load theory, learning difficulty, and instructional design.


Whelan, R.R. (2007). Neuroimaging of cognitive load in instructional multimedia. Educational Research Review, 2(1), 1-12. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved September 24, 2020 from .

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