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John Sweller

John Sweller is an educational psychologist and Emeritus Professor at the University of New South Wales. He is best known for formulating cognitive load theory, which uses our knowledge of evolutionary psychology and human cognitive architecture as a base for instructional design. The theory is one of the most highly-cited educational psychology theories. John has authored over 200 academic publications and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.


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