Cognitive and Learning Science

I’m interested in exploring how cognition and memory affect learning and problem solving in STEM and technology-supported learning environments, including the effects of gesture performance, multimedia agents and self-regulation. This work draws from Cognitive Load Theory, Self-Regulation and Monitoring and Embodied Cognition.

Learning Design

This work explores the design thinking practices of university and K-12 instructors in their design of lessons, drawing upon research in Design Thinking, Imagination as well as Educational Leadership and Technology.

Extended Reality (VR/AR/MR)

Extending my interest in gesture-based learning with technology, my interest explores how technology and embodiment affect cognition and learning through learner interactions with immersive environments.

Innovative Methods for Psychology and Social Science Research

This interest stemmed from the original development of a gesture-capture iPad app for use in data collection. From here, I have adapted both the Visual Pattern Task (VPT) and Automated Operation Span Task (OpSpan) to touch-based versions, and have developed a child-friendly mental effort measure.



Sepp, S., Tindall-Ford, S., Agostinho, S., & Paas, F. (in press) To trace or not to trace?: Mimicry in Timed Multimedia Lessons with Pointing and Tracing. Educational Pscyhology Review.

Sepp, S., Tindall-Ford, S., Agostinho, S., & Paas, F. (2023) Capturing Movement: A Tablet App, Geometry Touch, for Recording Onscreen Finger-based Gesture Data. IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies.

Sepp, S., Wong, M., Hoogerheide, V., & Castro-Alonso, J. C. (2022). Shifting online: 12 tips for online teaching derived from contemporary educational psychology research. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning.

Sepp, S., Howard, S. J., Tindall-Ford, S., Agostinho, S., & Paas, F. (2019). Cognitive Load Theory and Human Movement: Towards an Integrated Model of Working Memory. Educational Psychology Review, 27(3), 1–25.


Hoogerheide, V., Sepp, S. Six Evidence-Informed Tips on How to Optimize Learning from Instructional Videos (in Press). In A. Gegenfurtner & I. Kollar (Eds.), Designing Effective Digital Learning Environments. Routledge: London. 

Sepp, S., Agostinho, S., Tindall-Ford, S., & Paas, F. (2020). Gesture-based Learning with ICT: Recent developments, opportunities and considerations. In S. Tindall-Ford, S. Agostinho, & J. Sweller, (Eds.), Advances in Cognitive Load Theory: Rethinking teaching. Routledge: London.

Sepp, S., Howard, S. J., Tindall-Ford, S., Agostinho, S., & Paas, F. (2020) Working Memory: Models and Applications. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.