Wikipedia's page on cognitive load starts with

In cognitive psychology, cognitive load refers to the effort being used in the working memory. Cognitive load theory differentiates cognitive load into three types: intrinsic, extraneous, and germane. [...]

The page does not seem well written because it quickly gets to odd specifics like:

High cognitive load in the elderly has been shown to affect their center of balance.[5]

Is that first quote a good definition or is too narrow? Is cognitive load really all about working memory?

  • $\begingroup$ +1 This might be a nice question for @StevenJeuris I think $\endgroup$ – AliceD Aug 27 '18 at 19:49

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