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Mental Models: Theory and application in human factors

Wilson J, Rutherford A ...see all

Human Factors, vol. 31, issue 6 (1989) pp. 617-634

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This review points out confusion surrounding the concept and use of mental models from the viewpoints of both human factors and psychology. Noted are the ways in which the notion is conceived according to the needs and approaches of different specialties, and the relationships of mental models to other forms of knowledge representation are considered. The manner in which the human factors community has and should utilize the concept in applications across a number of fields is addressed and discussed in relation to the psychological perspective.

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  • human factors
  • issues with MMs
  • mental models

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  • John R Wilson

  • Andrew Rutherford

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