When I meet someone for the first time, my mental models greatly influence my perceptions of them; their words, their expressions, their reactions. And by extension, these mental models then influence my thoughts and actions in that situation; how I behave, how I speak, even my subconscious mannerisms. As a result, that first meeting can make for a pleasant first impression, or an embarrassingly regrettable occasion.
Conversely, I believe that my mental models also limit my perceptions of the other people I meet. This is because I am basing my conclusions on two things: a single, short meeting, and on my filtered model of the world which has been developed over my entire lifetime. Which leaves me with limited inferential flexibility, and the possibility of a prejudicial conclusion (Ormerod 2000, cited in Johnson-Laird 2001, p. 436; Markman & Gentner 2001, p. 230).
Mental Models and Social Situations
Your mental models can both assist and limit your perceptions of the world, especially when you meet a person for the first time
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