Mental Models for Web Objects in Different Cultural Settings
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"Know your users!" A short request but a challenging one. Studies have shown that the positioning of web objects according to the users' mental models can prevent errors and increase the efficiency of interaction. Therefore an important aspect of the design of websites is to take the expectations of the users into account. However the results of these studies are based on research with limited target groups and neglected to consider cultural aspects. To approach this issue the currently being conducted study aims primarily to (1) identify and visualize mental models for different websites types for different countries, (2) highlight differences and similarities in the mental models of the subjects based on their nationality and (3) show the influence of experience with international websites on the mental models of the user. The results gained will be helpful during the design and localization process for international target groups.