Which design seems easy to use? An analysis of individual differences in mental models

Yukiko Nishizaki, Toshihisa Doi, Toshiki Yamaoka

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We investigated whether the influence of age and individual differences in mental model construction level affect the evaluation of appearance and functionality when users select household electrical appliances based only on appearance. Results showed that older (age 66–80) adults emphasized usability more than young (age 20–34) adults did. Moreover, users with high proficiency in mental model construction focused more on usability than did those with less advanced mental models.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Affective and Pleasurable Design - Proceedings of the AHFE International Conference on Affective and Pleasurable Design, 2016
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783319416601
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Affective and Pleasurable Design, 2016 - Walt Disney World, United States
Duration: Jul 27 2016Jul 31 2016

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357


OtherInternational Conference on Affective and Pleasurable Design, 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWalt Disney World


  • Age
  • Individual differences
  • Mental model
  • Usability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)

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