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Fred Paas works as a professor of educational psychology at the Early Start Research Institute of the University of Wollongong, and at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. My work has been focusing on multidisciplinary research into using contemporary knowledge about the human cognitive system to design effective and efficient instruction for lifelong learning. Currently, my research focuses on the relation between human movement and cognition. Since the 1990's I have been using cognitive load theory to investigate and implement innovative instructional strategies in education. I have over 200 scientific publications, which have been cited more than 14.000 times. In the past decade I have been recognised as one of the world's most productive writers in the top journals, both in the fields of educational psychology and instructional design. I have acquired more than 8 million dollar in grants, including two ARC discovery grants. I am a fellow of the American Educational Research Association.


  • 2011–present
    Professorial fellow, Early Start Research Institute, University of Wollongong
  • 2004–present
    Professor, Institute of Psychology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands