Cognitive Load Theory Explained | Presentations and Public Speaking - Deepstash

Keep reading for FREE

Cognitive load theory

Cognitive load theory

The theory states that there is only a limited amount of information the human brain can remember. As a presenter, you don’t want to go past that load.

Cognitive load theory consists of three loads:

  1. Intrinsic load
  2. Extraneous load
  3. Germane load


646 reads

Intrinsic load

Intrinsic load

Intrinsic load is how difficult a subject or topic is to learn and remember. For example, basic adding and subtracting is easy, but calculus is far more complicated to understand.

As a presenter, you need to ensure your subject is simple and easy for your audience to remember. When you present a slide, instead of printing a paragraph, you want it to create some sort of an emotional impact by simplifying it to one or two words.


165 reads

Extraneous load

Extraneous load

Extraneous load is how you choose to showcase your information. 

In a 45 min talk, you could read a definition but few will remember it. Instead, show your information in a visual way. Your audience will remember far better because you respect their extraneous load.


125 reads

Germane load

Germane load

The germane load is about understanding that there are certain building blocks that your audience can construct when you connect the dots for them.

If you stack those building blocks, your audience will remember them.


125 reads



Research scientist (life sciences)


The best presenters use cognitive load theory to help their audience remember.

Ready for the next level?

Read Like a Pro


Explore the World’s

Best Ideas

200,000+ ideas on pretty much any topic. Created by the smartest people around & well-organized so you can explore at will.

An Idea for Everything

Explore the biggest library of insights. And we've infused it with powerful filtering tools so you can easily find what you need.

Knowledge Library

Powerful Saving & Organizational Tools

Save ideas for later reading, for personalized stashes, or for remembering it later.

# Personal Growth

Take Your Ideas


Organize your ideas & listen on the go. And with Pro, there are no limits.

Listen on the go

Just press play and we take care of the words.

Never worry about spotty connections

No Internet access? No problem. Within the mobile app, all your ideas are available, even when offline.

Get Organized with Stashes

Ideas for your next work project? Quotes that inspire you? Put them in the right place so you never lose them.


2 Million Stashers


5,740 Reviews

App Store


72,690 Reviews

Google Play


Don’t look further if you love learning new things. A refreshing concept that provides quick ideas for busy thought leaders.

Shankul Varada

Best app ever! You heard it right. This app has helped me get back on my quest to get things done while equipping myself with knowledge everyday.

Ashley Anthony

This app is LOADED with RELEVANT, HELPFUL, AND EDUCATIONAL material. It is creatively intellectual, yet minimal enough to not overstimulate and create a learning block. I am exceptionally impressed with this app!

Sean Green

Great interesting short snippets of informative articles. Highly recommended to anyone who loves information and lacks patience.

Laetitia Berton

I have only been using it for a few days now, but I have found answers to questions I had never consciously formulated, or to problems I face everyday at work or at home. I wish I had found this earlier, highly recommended!

Giovanna Scalzone

Brilliant. It feels fresh and encouraging. So many interesting pieces of information that are just enough to absorb and apply. So happy I found this.

Jamyson Haug

Great for quick bits of information and interesting ideas around whatever topics you are interested in. Visually, it looks great as well.

Ghazala Begum

Even five minutes a day will improve your thinking. I've come across new ideas and learnt to improve existing ways to become more motivated, confident and happier.

Read & Learn

20x Faster





Access to 200,000+ ideas

Access to the mobile app

Unlimited idea saving & library

Unlimited history

Unlimited listening to ideas

Downloading & offline access

Personalized recommendations


Claim Your Limited Offer

Get Deepstash Pro

Supercharge your mind with one idea per day

Enter your email and spend 1 minute every day to learn something new.


I agree to receive email updates