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Mental models and Perception development

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Mental models refer to the thought process and thought patterns that an individual has regarding his/her perception of self, of others, of the environment, and any well as all the things and events in the outside world. It is a representation of thought process of a person that how his/her mind perceives the self and image of others. Mental model defines the format in which a person associates, relates, and develops perception of others. Not only the individual’s self image depends on the perception developed through this mental model, the perception he/she has regarding others is also largely dependent on this mental model. Mental models are “relatively persistent knowledge structures for representing elements and the relationship between them. They serve as simplified representations of knowledge and, as such, as a means for simplifying cognition in conditions of incomplete information” (Waldeck, 2007; P. 14). Having defined the mental models, we now move on to describe the rationale for this paper. Senge (2000) defined mental models as deeply ingrained images and assumptions that we hold in our minds based on which we develop perception regarding self, others, and environment around us.

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