The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some Limits on Our Capacity for Processing Information (Miller)

Miller, G. (1956). The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some Limits on Our Capacity for Processing Information. The Psychological Review, 63, 81-97. In this classic paper, Miller discusses the implications of findings from various studies probing the limits and functioning of our working memory. At one point, he summarizes span lengths thusly: Span … Continue reading

Working memory (Baddeley)

Baddeley, A.D. (1992). Working memory. Science, 255, 556-559. In the 1960s, a dichotomous view of memory (i.e., short-term and long-term storage) was predominant. Dual-task techniques further probed this model and eventually a tripartite system emerged, which comprises the following components, a main “control tower” and two “slave systems”: The central executive, which is assumed to … Continue reading

Multimedia Learning (2009) — Ch. 1-3 (Richard E. Mayer)

This post covers Section I: Introduction to Multimedia Learning: Chapter 1: The Promise of Multimedia Learning Chapter 2: The Science of Instruction: Determining What Works in Multimedia Learning Chapter 3: The Science of Learning: Determining How Multimedia Learning Works [*Note: Much of this material was copied directly from Mayer’s book.]