Educational Psychology Review

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 1–9 | Cite as

Interdisciplinary Perspectives Inspiring a New Generation of Cognitive Load Research

  • Paul Ayres
  • Fred PaasEmail author
Review Article


This special issue consists of six theoretical papers and an introduction. Each paper describes a current advance to the applications and focus of cognitive load theory (CLT). Four of the papers use an interdisciplinary approach outside of educational psychology by combining CLT with elements of evolutionary biology, mirror neuron research, cognitive brain science, and the philosophy of science. The remaining two papers use an intradisciplinary approach within educational psychology by applying CLT to self-regulation and heuristic learning. This paper introduces CLT, overviews each contribution, and summarizes the main themes.


Cognitive load theory Interdisciplinary 



The authors greatly acknowledge the contributions of Robert Atkinson, Richard Catrambone, Peter Gerjets, Harry O’Neil, Alexander Renkl, Remy Rikers, Katharina Scheiter, Wolfgang Schnotz, Dominique Sluijsmans, Mike Spector, John Sweller, Tamara van Gog, and Pieter Wouters, who acted as reviewers on this special issue.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies (CELSTEC)Open University of the NetherlandsHeerlenThe Netherlands

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