2015-04-14Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.18452/8212
Evaluating an instrument to measure mental load and mental effort using Item Response Theory
Measurement of cognitive load (CL) is seen as a problematic issue since no consensus about appropriate instruments has been reached. In this study, a rating scale instrument to measure mental load (ML; 6 items) and mental effort (ME; 6 items) is evaluated using Item Response Theory. N=506 students self-reported their amount of ML and ME after working on a standardised multiple choice-test. The findings propose to separately measure ML and ME instead of CL in general. Furthermore, the 7-point rating scale had to be reduced post-hoc to a 3-point scale in order to reach consistent information. Finally, there was a significant (negative) correlation between ML and test performance, but not between ME and test performance.
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