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Monica Bucciarelli, Amelia Gangemi and Walter Schaeken are the guest editors of a special issue of the Journal of Cognitive Psychology (2013, volume 25, issue 2) on ‘Mental models in cognitive change’.

In the introductory article to the special issue, Phil Johnson-Laird writes:

‘The theory of mental models owes its origins to Pierce’s logic in the nineteenth century and to Craik’s psychological research during the Second World War. This Special Issue marks the 30th anniversary of a book that tried to pull these and other strands together into a unified approach to comprehension and reasoning: Mental Models. The principal assumption of the theory is that individuals reason by trying to envisage the possibilities compatible with what they know or believe.”

The special issue contains the following 11 papers:

Johnson-Laird, P.N. (2013). Mental models and cognitive change. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 25, 2, 131-138.

Khemlani, S. Johnson-Laird, P.N. (2013). Cognitive changes from explanations. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 25, 2, 139-146.

Knauff, M., Bucher, L., Krumnack, A., Nejasmic, J. (2013). Spatial belief revision. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 25, 2, 147-156.

Gangemi, A., Mancini, F. & Johnson-Laird, P.N. (2013). Models and cognitive change in psychopathology. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 25, 2, 157-164.

Lee, N.Y.L. & Johnson-Laird, P.N. (2013). Strategic changes in problem solving. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 25, 2, 165-173.

Vergauwe, E., Gauffroy, C., Morsanyi, K., Dagry I., & Barrouillet, P. (2013). Chronometric evidence for the dual-process mental model theory of conditionals. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 25, 2, 174-182.

Ball, L.J. (2013). Microgenetic evidence for the beneficial effects of feedback and practice on belief bias. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 25, 2, 183-191.

Santamaria, C., Tse, P., Moreno-Rios, S., & Garcia-Madruga, J.A. (2013). Deductive reasoning and metalogical knowledge in preadolescence: a mental model appraisal. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 25, 2, 192-200.

Cutica, I. & Bucciarelli, M. (2013). Cognitive change in learning from text: gesturing enhances the construction of the text mental model. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 25, 2, 201-209.

Murray, M.A. & Byrne, R.M.J. (2013). Cognitive change in insight problem solving: initial model errors and counterexamples. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 25, 2, 210-219.

Hegarty, M., Stieff, M., & Dixon, B.L. (2013). Cognitive change in mental models with experience in the domain of organic chemistry. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 25, 2, 220-228.

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