Mental Models and Failures in Human-Machine Systems

  • Gerrit C. Van der Veer
Conference paper
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 32)


This article concerns the analysis of failures and failure prevention from the viewpoint of cognitive ergonomics, or the cognitive psychology of human-computer interaction. Causes of failures and the ways to prevent them will be reviewed with the help of theoretical notions on human behavior in human-machine communication processes.


User Interface Virtual Machine Mental Model Semantic Level Semantic Structure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerrit C. Van der Veer
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  1. 1.Free UniversityAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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