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Encyclopedia > Mental models

A kind of internal symbol or representation of external reality, hypothesised to play a major part in cognition.

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Mental Models (7040 words)
Gentner and Stevens (1983) argues that because a mental model is a model that evolves in the mind of a user as he or she learns and interacts with a computer system, the mental model will represent the structure and internal relationships of a system.
To be able to categorise the mental model of the concept "atom", one should look at the historical development of the model of an atom and the mental models scientists have formed of the atom over the years (Table 6).
The mental models of the concept "Electricity" for 6 students have remained unchanged, while the changes in the mental models of this concept for the other six students are highlighted in Table 11.
Interaction-Design.org Encyclopedia: Mental models - Interaction-Design.org: A site about HCI, Usability, UI Design, ... (1033 words)
The slower processing of ambiguous sentences is one area where mental model research is relevant to interaction design, as interaction designers are, among other things, interested in measures of learnability and ease of use.
In his book, he used mental models to describe how a system is designed and implemented on the basis of the designer's mental model.
Mental models are what people really have in their heads and what guides their use of things.
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