Richard E. Mayer is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) where he has served since 1975. In 2000, he received the E. L. Thorndike Award for career achievement in educational psychology. In 2008, he received the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Contribution of Applications of Psychology to Education award. He was ranked #1 as the most productive educational psychologist in the world for 1991-2001 (Contemporary Educational Psychology, vol. 28, pp. 422-430). He is the author of more than 390 publications including 23 books, such as Multimedia Learning: Second Edition (2009), Learning and Instruction: Second Edition (2008), E-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Second Edition (with R. Clark, 2008), and the Cambridge Handbook of Multimedia Learning (editor, 2005).