Dr. Fiorella studies the cognitive science of student learning and its implications for instruction. His research focuses on a) how students learn from visual displays, such as diagrams, illustrations, animations, and video, and b) how students learn by using "generative" learning strategies, such as explaining, mapping, drawing, imagining, and enacting. The overall goal of his work is to identify instructional methods and learning strategies that foster meaningful learning, so that students can apply their knowledge to new situations.
Dr. Fiorella received his Ph.D. in psychology (with a focus in cognition) from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in modeling and simulation from the University of Central Florida.