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Richard E. Mayer, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who has studied cognition and learning, particularly the design of educational multimedia, and who has published more than 500 publications, including over 30 books. Mayer's theme has been that "In light of the science, it is up to us to make a fundamental shift in our thinking—we can no longer expect people to struggle to try to adapt to our PowerPoint habits. Instead, we have to change our PowerPoint habits to align with the way people learn."

Mayer suggested a few major changes from traditional PowerPoint formats:

  • replacing brief slide titles with longer "headlines" expressing complete ideas
  • showing more slides but simpler ones
  • removing almost all text including nearly all bullet lists (reserving the text for the spoken narration)
  • using larger, higher-quality and more important graphics and photographs
  • removing all extraneous decoration, backgrounds, logos and identifications, everything but the essential message

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