Accession Number:

ADA170233

Title:

Mental Models for Mechanical Comprehension. A Review of Literature.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. FY 84-FY 85,

Corporate Author:

NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER SAN DIEGO CA MANPOWER AND PERSONNEL LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1986-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

44.0

Abstract:

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

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE