DOI: 10.5176/2251-1865_CBP18.26

Authors: Ouhao Chen

Abstract:Cognitive load theory, based on human cognitive architecture, discusses among other factors, the instructional implications of relations between working memory and long-term memory. The ultimate goal of this theory is to generate effective instructions that reduce students’ working memory load to optimize their learning. In this paper, I am concerned with alterations to the theory based on working memory resource depletion that occurs after cognitive effort and is reversed after rest. Implications for the theory and instructional procedures are discussed.


Keywords: Cognitive load theory; human cognitive architecture; working memory; depletion effect; instructional procedures


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