Cognitive Load

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Cognitive Load quiz for our grad class.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is the amount of information a human is trying to process in working memory at any one time?

    • A.

      Cognitive Science

    • B.

      Cognitive Load

    • C.

      Cognitive History

    • D.

      Cognitive Thought

    Correct Answer
    B. Cognitive Load
    Explanation
    Cognitive load refers to the amount of information that a human is trying to process in their working memory at any given time. It is the total mental effort required to complete a specific task or activity. This includes both the intrinsic cognitive load, which is the inherent difficulty of the task itself, and the extraneous cognitive load, which is the additional cognitive effort caused by the way the task is presented or structured. Managing cognitive load is important for optimizing learning and performance, as excessive cognitive load can lead to cognitive overload and hinder information processing.

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  • 2. 

    Who developed Cognitive Load Theory?

    • A.

      Jerome Bruner

    • B.

      Robert Gagne

    • C.

      George Miller

    • D.

      John Sweller

    Correct Answer
    D. John Sweller
    Explanation
    John Sweller developed Cognitive Load Theory. This theory focuses on how the working memory processes and stores information during learning. It suggests that learners have a limited capacity for processing information, and when this capacity is exceeded, cognitive overload occurs, hindering learning. Sweller's research has had a significant impact on instructional design, highlighting the importance of reducing cognitive load by presenting information in a way that is easy to understand and process.

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  • 3. 

    Check all types of Cognitive Load.

    • A.

      Intrinsic

    • B.

      Extraneous

    • C.

      Behavorism

    • D.

      Germane

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Intrinsic
    B. Extraneous
    D. Germane
    Explanation
    The correct answer includes three types of cognitive load: intrinsic, extraneous, and germane. Intrinsic cognitive load refers to the mental effort required to understand and process new information. Extraneous cognitive load refers to the unnecessary cognitive effort caused by poor instructional design or irrelevant information. Germane cognitive load refers to the cognitive effort that contributes to learning and understanding, such as making connections and applying knowledge. Behavorism is not a type of cognitive load but rather a psychological theory that focuses on observable behaviors.

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  • 4. 

    How many chunks of informationcan the human mind process at any one time?

    Correct Answer
    B.
    Explanation
    The human mind can process around four chunks of information at any one time. This is known as Miller's Law, which suggests that the average person can hold about seven items in their short-term memory. However, these items can be grouped together into larger chunks, so the actual number of distinct chunks that can be processed is closer to four. This limitation helps explain why it is difficult to remember long strings of random numbers or letters without breaking them down into smaller groups.

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  • 5. 

    If you were to devlop a lesson on polygons, which form would you present it in?

    • A.

      Spacial (pictures)

    • B.

      Verbal (words)

    Correct Answer
    A. Spacial (pictures)
    Explanation
    The lesson on polygons would be presented in a spatial form using pictures because polygons are two-dimensional shapes, and visual representations would provide a clear understanding of their properties and characteristics. Pictures can effectively show the different types of polygons, their sides, angles, and symmetry. This visual approach would help students visualize and identify polygons more easily, making the lesson more engaging and comprehensible.

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  • 6. 

    Which answer best represents all aspects of Truth?

    • A.

      Spacial (pictures)

    • B.

      Verbal (words) 1. the true or actual state of a matter: He tried to find out the truth. 2. conformity with fact or reality; verity: the truth of a statement. 3. a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like: mathematical truths. 4. the state or character of being true. 5. actuality or actual existence.

    Correct Answer
    B. Verbal (words) 1. the true or actual state of a matter: He tried to find out the truth. 2. conformity with fact or reality; verity: the truth of a statement. 3. a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like: mathematical truths. 4. the state or character of being true. 5. actuality or actual existence.
    Explanation
    Verbal (words) best represents all aspects of Truth because it encompasses the definition of truth as the true or actual state of a matter, conformity with fact or reality, verified facts or propositions, and the state or character of being true. Verbal communication allows for the expression and conveyance of truth through language, making it the most comprehensive representation of truth among the options given.

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  • 7. 

    When you choose to try a new recipe, you are putting ingredients together in a way you have never done before. You can be successful because you are using many skills that you have already learned. Previously learned knowledge is called?

    • A.

      Manipulatives

    • B.

      Inherent level

    • C.

      Construction

    • D.

      Schemas

    Correct Answer
    D. Schemas
    Explanation
    When you choose to try a new recipe, you are using previously learned knowledge or schemas. Schemas refer to mental frameworks or structures that we develop based on our past experiences and knowledge. These schemas help us organize and interpret new information or experiences. In the context of trying a new recipe, you would draw upon your existing knowledge of cooking techniques, ingredient combinations, and flavor profiles to successfully put the ingredients together in a new way.

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  • 8. 

    Certain lessons have an inherent level of difficulty: quadratic equations, learning to play the piano or writing a haiku.  Once you break them down they can be taught with a greater ease.  Which type of Cognitive Load best represents this approach?

    • A.

      Intrinsic

    • B.

      Extraneous

    • C.

      Germane

    Correct Answer
    A. Intrinsic
    Explanation
    This approach best represents the Intrinsic type of Cognitive Load. Intrinsic cognitive load refers to the inherent difficulty of a task or concept. In this case, the difficulty of learning quadratic equations, playing the piano, or writing a haiku is considered intrinsic. Breaking down these tasks into smaller, more manageable parts can help reduce the cognitive load and make them easier to teach and learn.

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  • 9. 

    A presenter is able to select how they would like to express their concept/idea. They may choose to do so in a hand-out, on powerpoint or in a prezi.  This control represents which type of Cognitive Load? 

    • A.

      Intrinsic

    • B.

      Extraneous

    • C.

      Germane

    Correct Answer
    B. Extraneous
    Explanation
    The presenter's ability to choose how they want to express their concept/idea, whether through a hand-out, PowerPoint, or Prezi, represents the control over the extraneous cognitive load. The extraneous cognitive load refers to the mental effort required to process information that is not relevant to the learning task. In this case, the presenter's choice of presentation format is not directly related to the learning task itself, but it can affect the cognitive load by either adding unnecessary complexity or facilitating understanding.

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  • 10. 

    Take a word such as disaccord.  If you do not know what this word means-break it down. You know "dis" means not and "accord" means in harmony with. So disaccord means not in harmony with.  Using knowledge, schemas, you already know is this type of Cognitive Load?

    • A.

      Intrinsic

    • B.

      Extraneous

    • C.

      Germane

    Correct Answer
    C. Germane
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "Germane". Germane cognitive load refers to the cognitive load that is directly related to the learning task and helps in building meaningful connections and understanding. In this case, the explanation provided breaks down the word "disaccord" into its components "dis" and "accord" to help understand its meaning. This process of breaking down and analyzing the word is directly relevant to the task of understanding the word and therefore falls under the category of germane cognitive load.

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