Our method of teaching life skills via gamification involves using mental models as the core of the games that we’ve developed. Here’s an article on what exactly are mental models and how they can help your child grow exponentially.
What are mental models?
Mental models are frameworks to understand how the world works. They help us simplify complex connections that exist in the real world. It provides us with a lens to see the world around us, process information, and make decisions based on them. They essentially are any organized pattern which helps anyone comprehend information and solve problems.
It can even be just a concept you can use to help try to explain things. There are tens of thousands of mental models, and every discipline has their own set which you can learn.
The best mental models are the ideas with the most utility. They are broadly useful in daily life. Understanding mental models will help you make wiser choices and take better actions. This is why developing a broad base of mental models is critical for anyone interested in thinking clearly, rationally, and effectively.
The term mental model is believed to have originated with Kenneth Craik in his 1943 book The Nature of Explanation.
Philip Johnson-Laird published Mental Models: Towards a Cognitive Science of Language, Inference and Consciousness in 1983. In the same year, Dedre Gentner and Albert Stevens edited a collection of chapters in a book also titled Mental Models.
Charlie Munger, Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. — a conglomerate holding company that owns such companies as Geico, Dairy Queen, and Helzberg Diamonds, in his famous speech —