Cognitive load theory (Garnett 2020, Lovell 2020) is a theory based on evolutionary psychology and our knowledge of human cognition. It is concerned with working memory and in particular with the cognitive ‘load’, i.e. cognitive demands imposed by different teaching and learning methods — called ‘instructional procedures’. Cognitive load theory has developed largely in the context of educational psychology rather than academic cognitive psychology and is primarily intended to inform realworld teaching and learning techniques.
■ evolutionary psychology
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