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Cognitive Load & Simulation: Research, Theories and Application to Simulation Practice

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
2:00 PM ET

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Tracy Chesney, PhD(c), MSN-Ed, RN, CNE, CHSE, CHSOS

Simulation & VIRL Coordinator
Brookline College


Paas defined cognitive load (CL) as multidimensional consisting of mental load and mental effort. The stages of information processing include attention, processing, memory storage, and action. Components of CL can compromise the states of processing and memory storage which impacts mental effort. When students transition to practice, there is an increase in emotional or cognitive factors that could contribute to an increase load on working memory potential resulting cognitive overload. The current COVID-19 pandemic has prevented students from experiencing real time, face-to-face patient encounters, thus there is the potential for an increase in higher emotional or cognitive factors upon the transition to practice. This session will explore instructional strategies based on current research and theories associated with CL in simulation curriculum development.

Session Objectives:

1. Understand the current state of research in Cognitive Load associated with Simulation.
2. Identify theories used in association with Cognitive Load in simulation curriculum development.
3. Apply the current research and associated theories in the development of a simulation curriculum map.


Sponsored by:
The Global Institute for Simulation Training

The educational arm of
Education Management Solutions