The Internal Model of Complex Dynamic Systems
Final rept. Aug 83-Sep 86,
ILLINOIS UNIV AT URBANA DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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This report examines processing of multiple visual channels of information that pertain to complex dynamic systems. Three classes of results are described 1 those that focus on the properties of the operators mental representation or mental model of the system, 2 those that address the optimal means of displaying information about the system, and 3 those that focus on the cognitive biases observed when the mental model is updated by displayed information. Greatest emphasis is placed on the second of these classes, in which the principle of compatibility of proximity for object display integrality is developed.