Mental Models for Mechanical Comprehension. A Review of Literature.
Final rept. FY 84-FY 85,
NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER SAN DIEGO CA MANPOWER AND PERSONNEL LAB
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This literature review describes the recent research on mental models of mechanical comprehension. Three methodological approaches constructionism, information-processing, and componential analysis are discussed in terms of strengths and weaknesses. Variables shown to affect problem solving include pictorial representation, naive preconceptions about motion, the use of analogies, and the educational level of the problem solver. The theoretical concepts for describing the ability to solve problems include envisionment, assimilation-accommodation, and the space factor, S. Further research possibilities are described. Author
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems