prof.dr. (Fred) GWC Paas

prof.dr. (Fred) GWC Paas
Full professor Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences Educational and Developmental Psychology
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam
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Fred Paas is Professor and chair of the research group Educational and Developmental Psychology at the Department of Psychology, Education and Child Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. He is also a Professorial Fellow at the School of Education/Early Start of the University of Wollongong in Australia. 


He has been using the theoretical frameworkof cognitive load theory to investigate the instructional control of cognitive load in the training of complex cognitive tasks. His recent research interests include the role of the physical environment in cognition and learning (see article), evolutionary approaches to cognitive load and learning (see article), and the effects of physical activities (e.g., gestures and exercise) on cognition and learning (see news item). 


In 2016 he was recognised as the world's most productive author in the five best journals in the field of educational psychology for the period 2009-2014 (see article). He is editor-in-chief of the journal Educational Psychology Review. In addition, he is part of  the editorial board of several other renowned journals, such as the Journal of Educational Psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. 


The practical impact of his research is evidenced by his public lectures (see example), and his role as an advisor for companies, such as Tinqwise



EN: Learning, cognition, cognitive load, physical learning environment, mental effort, physical activity, fitness

NL: Leren, cognitie, cognitieve belasting, fysieke leeromgeving, mentale inspanning, fysieke activiteit, fitheid

  • A Van Straaten, Kim Ouwehand & Fred Paas (2019) - The effects of relative task complexity on subjective ratings of cognitive load
  • Gert Jan Rop, W Pouw, Bjorn Koning, Fred Paas & Huib Tabbers (2018) - The effects of spatial distance on the split-attention effect in multimedia learning
  • Kim Ouwehand, JA De Nooijer, Tamara Gog & Fred Paas (2018) - The integration of action or gestures with spoken action phrases in young and older adults: An ERP study
  • Kim Ouwehand, JA De Nooijer, Tamara Gog & Fred Paas (2017) - The integration of action or gestures with spoken action phrases in young and older adults: An ERP study
  • Fred Paas (2016) - Educational Psychology Review (Journal)
  • Fred Paas (2015) - Journal of Educational Psychology (Journal)
  • Fred Paas (2015) - Educational Psychology Review (Journal)
  • Wim Pouw & Fred Paas (2015) - Human Movement Skills: Learning, Cognition, Health
  • Wim Pouw, Tamara Gog, Rolf Zwaan & Fred Paas (2014) - Embedded Embodied Cognition: a Review on Manipulatives and Gesture
  • Wim Pouw, T van Gog, Rolf Zwaan & Fred Paas (2014) - Instructional Manipulatives for Learning Concrete and Abstract Content: An Embodied Interaction (Re)View

  • Fred Paas, Rolf Zwaan, T. van Gog, Wim Pouw & J.A. De Nooijer (2014) - Graduate Research Day Article Award 2014 awarded by Institute of Psychology Erasmus University Rotterdam for Pouw, de Nooijer, van Gog, Zwaan, Paas (2014) in Frontiers in Psychology.

4.2C Assessment in Education & Training

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3.6C 21st Century Education

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