Concept with a long history.
“(…) some characteristics of mental models are that they are incomplete in nature and constantly evolve. While mental models are never a completely accurate representation of a thing, they provide simple representations of complex phenomena.”
Alipta Ballav a.k.a. /aliptaballav ~ UXmatters ★
Conceptual model, the mental model of user and engineer. Old school HCI topic.
“This article explains what conceptual models are and describes the value of developing a conceptual model of a software application before designing its user interface.”
(Jeff Johnson ~ Boxes and Arrows)
Philip Johnson-Laird’s mental model being there for decades (since 1983). Finally entering CS.
“(…) when a mental model can be produced, it can be extremely useful for planning, maintaining and governing content over time.”
(Daniel Eizans a.k.a. @danieleizans)