Accession Number:

ADA350206

Title:

A Technique for Assessing the Congruence Between Visual Metaphors and Mental Models

Descriptive Note:

Rept. for Oct 94-Sep 96

Corporate Author:

NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENTCENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Report Date:

1998-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

19.0

Abstract:

This research project tested a method for measuring the congruence between mental models and visual metaphors. A hydraulic system was used as a visual metaphor for a Navy school-planning process. The hydraulic system was designed as a reasonable approximation of the users mental model of the process. The congruence between the hydraulic metaphor and the users presumed mental model was tested using a Metaphor Rating Sheet.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Computer Hardware
  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE