Query on term "mental model" LO9739

Elizabeth Reed-Torrence (ereedtorg@seattleu.edu)
Wed, 4 Sep 1996 09:48:58 -0700 (PDT)

Replying to LO9720 --


You might be interested in what Ralph Stacey says in his new book
_Complexity and Creativity in Organizations_ (1996). San Francisco:
Berrett-Koehler, about mental models. He links "mental models" to
behavioral scripts and compares them to evaulative rules - the ways of
making sense of the world, of interpreting and attaching meaning to
events, of selecting and evaluating information... other terms... are
paradigm and cognitive map (p. 31). Stacey's book uses the science of
complexity to build an understanding of life in contemporary
organizations. It's a good read!

On Tue, 3 Sep 1996 kent.myers@lmco.com wrote:

> My first thought was that the term is so obvious that there would surely
> be many early usages, none of which would be a clear source for others,
> and that it would make more sense to just describe groups that had used it
> intensively, such as Johnson-Laird and the expert systems crowd, or the
> human factors engineering crowd.
> Friedrich A. Hayek develops the term, in a very recognizable way, in "The
> Facts of the Social Sciences", in Individualism and Economic Order. (The
> paper was first delivered Nov 19, 1942, published in Ethics Oct 1943, and
> the book was available in 1948.)

eLIZabeth Reed-Torrence


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