Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning

2012 Edition
| Editors: Norbert M. Seel

Multiple Resource Theory

  • Michael D. BasilEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1428-6_25



The Multiple Resource Theory asserts that people have a limited set of resources available for mental processes. These resources can be thought of as a pool of energy that is used for a variety of mental operations, from sensory-level processing to meaning-level processing. This shared pool of resources are allocated across different tasks, modalities, and processing. This theory explains how difficult single-tasks can run into processing difficulties and how dual-task performance is more likely to be hampered by performing similar tasks than dissimilar tasks. Multiple resource theory has been applied in psychology to areas such as dual-task performance as well as applied areas such as communication to understand how people make sense of television messages and in consumer research to understand how people process information about a product.

Theoretical Background

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of LethbridgeLethbridgeCanada