Richard E. Mayer is an American educational
psychologist who has made significant contributions to theories
of cognition and learning, especially as
they relate to problem solving and
the design of educational multimedia.
Mayer's best known
contribution to the field of educational psychology is multimedia learning theory
posits that optimal learning
visual and verbal materials are presented together simultaneously.
He has authored 18 books and over 250 articles and chapters.
received a PhD in psychology from the
Michigan (1973), and served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology
at Indiana University from
1973-1975. He has been at the University of
California, Santa Barbara since that time, and is now a full professor
Mayer is past-President of the Division of Educational Psychology
of the American
. He is a recipient of the E. L.
Thorndike Award for career achievement in educational