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Mental Model

The Mental Model consists of the cognitive structures that form the internal representation of the external world. Simply put: The picture in your head of the thing that your are thinking about.

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The size of a Mental Model is proportional to the complexity of the thing it represents and the detail. The available Working Memory Capacity constraints complexity and/or detail.

Experience is the ability to retrieve (complex) Mental Models about known things with little effort at great speed.

The Mental Model is vulnerable to interruptions in two ways: