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Metaphor and the Cognitive Representation of Computing Systems

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In learning, people develop new cognitive structures by metaphorically extending old ones. The metaphors spontaneously generated by new users will predict the ease with which they can master a computer system. Systems which through their interface suggest inefficacious metaphors will accordingly be more difficult to learn and to that extent unacceptable.

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IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics  (Volume:12 ,  Issue: 2 )