Cognitive and affective processes in multimedia learning

Babette Park, Jan L. Plass, Roland Brünken

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This special section focuses on cognitive and affective processes in multimedia learning in a range of learning domains. Expanding previous research that has taken a predominantly cognitive perspective of multimedia learning, recent studies have begun to consider affective aspects of multimedia learning with the aim of integrating emotion, motivation, and other affective variables into cognitive processing models. The articles included in this special section are examples of the various ways in which the cognitive perspective can be enhanced by taking affective aspects of learning into account. Investigations range from the study of confusion as an affective state that can be beneficial to learning, and the consideration of the potential distracting or motivating function of decorative illustrations, to an inquiry into how visual design can induce positive emotions in learners. The results of the studies included in this section are in line with Moreno's Cognitive-Affective Theory of Learning with Media (CATLM; Moreno, 2006) and show how emotion and interest facilitate cognitive processing and improve cognitive and affective outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-127
Number of pages3
JournalLearning and Instruction
StatePublished - Feb 2014


  • Affect
  • Emotion
  • Interest
  • Motivation
  • Multimedia learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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