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ERIC Number: EJ1078151
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1436-4522
Do Learner Characteristics Moderate the Seductive-Details-Effect? A Cognitive-Load-Study Using Eye-Tracking
Park, Babette; Korbach, Andreas; Brünken, Roland
Educational Technology & Society, v18 n4 p24-36 2015
The present study examines whether the seductive-details effect is moderated by spatial ability and prior knowledge, which are two of the most relevant learner characteristics in multimedia learning. It is assumed that the seductive-details effect with an increase in extraneous cognitive load and a decrease in perceptual processing and learning success is only present for learners with low spatial ability and low prior knowledge. To this end, the present study uses an Aptitude-Treatment-Interaction Design with separate analyses for spatial ability and prior knowledge as aptitude-variables and seductive details (with vs. without) as treatment-variable. Participants (N = 50) were asked to learn about biology with a multimedia instruction that manipulated seductive details. The results show that learners perceptual processing, measured by eye-tracking, and learning performance was significantly lower when learning with seductive details. In addition, spatial ability and especially prior knowledge were confirmed to play the expected moderating role.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany
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