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Integration of graphics and audio

Recent research by Mousavi and colleagues (1995) compared the effectiveness of various ways to display related information when teaching geometry problems. They experimented with various combinations of text, graphics, and audio to see which gave the best learning result. They found that it worked best to display the geometric figure in a visual illustration and to present the problem explanation with audio. It is believed that working memory has separate components for processing audio and visual information.

The fifth instructional method for load management is to integrate mutually reinforcing visual and auditory information to stretch limited working memory capacity.

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