Mental Modeling Approach

Risk Management Application Case Studies

  • Matthew D. Wood
  • Sarah Thorne
  • Daniel Kovacs
  • Gordon Butte
  • Igor Linkov

Part of the Risk, Systems and Decisions book series (RSD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Matthew D. Wood, Sarah Thorne, Daniel Kovacs, Gordon Butte, Igor Linkov
    Pages 1-9
  3. The Mental Modeling Approach

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Sarah Thorne, Gordon Butte, Daniel Kovacs, Matthew D. Wood
      Pages 13-30
    3. Matthew D. Wood, Igor Linkov
      Pages 31-40
  4. Applications at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Matthew D. Wood, Igor Linkov, Daniel Kovacs, Gordon Butte
      Pages 43-56
    3. Matthew D. Wood, Sarah Thorne, Gordon Butte, Igor Linkov, Daniel Kovacs
      Pages 57-67
    4. Matthew D. Wood, Sarah Thorne, Gordon Butte
      Pages 69-82
  5. Applications in Other Contexts and Industries

  6. Mental Modeling Software Support

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 255-261

About this book


This book provides an easy-to-read, user-oriented introduction to mental models research and Mental Modeling TechnologyTM.  Mental models are powerful influences human behavior. The book offers insight from the developers and most experienced application professionals of a widely proven methodology for understanding and influencing human judgment, decision making and behavior. 

The case studies show examples of the methodological concepts in their application context. It is one of the most comprehensive collections of cases focused on government needs of any similar qualitative analysis approach. Finally, it presents an introduction to software tools and tutorials that enable readers to use the approach for their own research needs.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Matthew D. Wood
    • 1
  • Sarah Thorne
    • 2
  • Daniel Kovacs
    • 3
  • Gordon Butte
    • 4
  • Igor Linkov
    • 5
  1. 1.U.S. Army Corps of EngineersCarnegie Mellon UniversityConcordUSA
  2. 2.Decision. Partners Inc.Decision Partners, LLCMississaugaUSA
  3. 3.Decision Partners, LLCPittsburghUSA
  4. 4.Decision Partners, LLCPittsburghUSA
  5. 5.U.S. Army Corps of EngineersCarnegie Mellon UniversityConcordUSA

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