MERIT stands for Multimedia in Education: Research with Instructional Techniques. The use of technology and multimedia in the classroom is not new. But it’s more complex now than ever before. The MERIT Lab has an especially keen focus on improving multimedia instruction, learning, and performance, with consideration of both cognition and affect perspectives.

Our focal areas of research – which is supported through external grants and contracts – currently include using techniques such as concept mapping, refutational text, and self-explanation to address conceptual change, critical thinking, and content learning gains. Further, we investigate multimedia principles (e.g. seductive details, redundancy, etc.) in context of teaching and learning in computer-based multimedia learning environments across various populations.

If you are interested in working or studying in the MERIT Lab, please contact Olusola Adesope at or Kira Carbonneau at