Cognitive load theory is not neuroscience and it does not claim the mind is a computer

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Google gives this definition of neuroscience:

“any or all of the sciences, such as neurochemistry and experimental psychology, which deal with the structure or function of the nervous system and brain.”

The key distinction from psychology is the emphasis on the structure of function of the nervous system and brain.

Cognitive load theory proposes a simplified model of the mind that consists of long-term memory and working memory. It does not make claims about where these components are located in the physical brain or even whether they have a specific location.

It may be interesting to know whether working memory sits at the front or back of your brain, but there seems little this could tell us about the design of instructional procedures – the key focus of cognitive load theory. Some researchers are trying to measure aspects of brain function as part of cognitive load theory research, but this…

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