My research

Designing multimedia documents for struggling readers:
Effects of text cohesion with static or animated depictions

Briefly, my research focus is on text comprehension when considering the use of adjunct media (static and animated depictions). Particularly, my work is in line with the Integrated Text and Picture Comprehension model from Schnotz (2014).

This doctoral thesis is funded by a Doc.CH grant from the .

Theoretical background

Text processing
Beyond one's ability to read, or to decipher a text, there is the bigger question: did the reader understand the text? Or, in term of process: did the reader generate the needed inferences? Kintsch’s theory of text processing, and McNamara following work on text cohesion are guiding my steps.

   « Mary heard the ice-cream van coming.
    She remembered her pocket money.
    She rushed into the house.
 »      (J. Oakhill, EARLI 2015 keynote)

Multimedia learning
The comparison of different types of external representations and how they relate to other media (in this case text), within the frame of the multimedia principle (Mayer ; Schnotz) is of particular interest to me.