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The role of working memory on measuring mental models of physical systems

Journal: Psicológica
ISSN 0211-2159

Volume: 22;
Issue: 001;
Date: 2001;
Original page

Up until now there has been no agreement on what a mental model of a physical system is and how to infer the mental model a person has. This paper describes research aimed at solving these problems by proposing that a Mental Model is a dynamic representation created in WM by combining information stored in LTM (the Conceptual Model of the system) and characteristics extracted from the environment. Three experiments tested hypotheses derived from this proposal. Implications for research on Mental Model are discussed.
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