Accession Number:

ADA229636

Title:

Designing a Training Tool for Imaging Mental Models

Descriptive Note:

Final technical rept. Feb 1989-May 1990

Corporate Author:

HOUSTON UNIV TX

Report Date:

1990-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

86.0

Abstract:

The training process can be conceptualized as the student acquiring an evolutionary sequence of classification-problem-solving mental models. For example a physician learns 1 classification systems for patient symptoms, diagnostic procedures, diseases, and therapeutic interventions and 2 interrelationships among these classifications e.g., how to use diagnostic procedures to collect data about a patients symptoms in order to indentify the disease so that therapeutic measures can be taken. This project developed functional specifications for a computer-based tool, Mental Link, that allows the evaluative imaging of such mental models. The fundamental design approach underlying this representational medium is traversal of virtual cognitive space. Typically intangible cognitive entities and links among them are visible as a three-dimensional web that represents a knowledge structure. The tool has a high degree of flexiability and customizability to allow extension to other types of uses, such as front-end to an intelligent tutoring system, knowledge base, hypermedia system, or semantic network. Keywords Artificial intelligence, Hypertext, Intelligent tutoring systems.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE