Monday, 25 March 2019, 12:09 PM
Site: Learning Management System
Course: 601393 - Human Computer Interaction Course File (603393CF-11)
Glossary: hci g

model human processor (MHP)

The information-processing cognitive architecture introduced by Card, Moran, and Newell in 1983. It was never realized in a computational form, but it sufficiently specified its memories, processors, communications, and principles of operation that some quantitative predictions of human behavior could be derived. The MHP was merged with GOMS through CPM-GOMS.


An simplified expression of reality that is helpful for designing, evaluating, or understanding the behavior of a complex artifact such as a computer system.


See model human processor


The “M” in “GOMS,” methods are well-learned sequences of subgoals and operators that can accomplish a goal. There may be more than one method to accomplish a goal. If so, then selection rules are used to determine which method to use in the current task situation.

mental model

A cognitive structure of concepts and procedures that users refer to when selecting relevant goals, choosing and executing appropriate actions, and understanding what happens when they interact with a computer system (or other tool).

mediated communication

Human-to-human communication may be mediated by technology—for example, by telephone or video phone, by text chat, or by email.


A standard operator in a keystroke-level model (KLM), M represents the act of mentally preparing to execute a command. M is a “catch-all” operator that may include such unobservable actions as making a decision, remembering a procedure or command, visually searching for information, and so on. Because M encompasses all such actions, it is a powerful approximation to human decision making that makes the KLM a relatively easy modeling method to use. M was empirically determined to average 1350 msec by Card, Moran, and Newell (1980b, 1983).

learning as development

A view of learning that emphasizes the triggering and maturation of skills (versus their acquisition through practice). Some versions construe this as biologically prefigured (Piaget), and others construe it as socially mediated (Vygotsky). In this view, people are not understood not only in terms of what they are but in terms of what they are becoming.


See latent semantic analysis

latent semantic analysis (LSA)

A statistical theory and method of identifying word meaning through analysis of context of word use.