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UDaily: New study examines undergraduate understanding and misconceptions of climate change

UDaily: New study examines undergraduate understanding and misconceptions of climate change

The human brain is a factory — new perceptions and experiences are passed along a mental assembly line, shaped by prior knowledge and molded and connected to form conclusions, which then drive actions. This conveyor-belt shaping and molding is known as a mental model. 

People use mental models to form everyday decisions, both large and small. A person decides to flip a switch because he knows it will produce light; an athlete takes a drink because she understands that it will solve her thirst.