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A Little Game to Demonstrate the Power of Representation

Copyright 2000 Lloyd Rieber

Click here to run the Power of Representation Game.

NOTE: This will run on both Macintosh and Windows, but it is optimized for Windows. Macintosh users will experience minor font problems.

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CAI Format: Game

Instructional Objectives: demonstrate the importance of representing a problem for a learner.

Intended Audience: Anyone!

Brief Description: This is a little game first described by Donald Norman, a cognitive psychologist, in his book The Psychology of Everyday Things (1988; New York: BasicBooks). It demonstrates how the wrong representation can make a children's game surprisingly difficult.

Parents, public school students, and educators working for non-profit schools or organizations are welcome to link to this interactive educational web resource at no cost on the condition that each registers such use with Lloyd Rieber at Those who register will be notified in the event that this web address changes. Commercial vendors, corporate trainers, and others who are part of for-profit organizations should contact Lloyd Rieber for licensing arrangements.

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