Gertjan Rop is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Psychology, Education, and Child Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Currently, he is working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Human Learning and Performance group at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Gertjan studies the cognitive foundation of multimedia learning principles. For example, he examines why learning is more effective when two spatially separated sources of information are integrated. To answer this question, Gertjan measure learning outcomes and participants’ eye movements while learning.
Previvously, he worked as a PhD students, focussing on the negative effect of extraneous information on learning with multimedia. He showed that people are able to ignore such information with increasing experience with the design of the learning materials. To do so, Gertjan measured learning outcomes and eye-movements.
Before starting his academic career, Gertjan obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Human Movement Sciences at the University of Groningen. Here his research topic was mostly perceptual learning, or learning to perceive better.
Keywords: Multimedia learning, redundancy principle, coherence principle, eye tracking