TMI! Cognitive Overload and Learning
FEBRUARY 16, 2017
This is an example of what we call “cognitive overload.”. Cognitive Load Theory was introduced by John Sweller to explain why people have so much more difficulty learning complex content. Aerospace companies, for example, consider cognitive load when they design airplane and spaceship control panels. The theory states that there are three types of loads; they all add up in the brain and contribute to the total amount of effort required for learning to take place.