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Mind Map A French Exception09f

  1. 1. A French Exception: Mind-mapping in the cyberspatial dimension Katherine Watson, Coastline Distance Learning 1
  2. 2. A French exception: Mind-mapping history It’s older than you may think! Age depends upon definition: • Porphyry’s “trees” • Llull’s “discs” • Novak’s “concept maps” • Buzan’s “mind maps” • Le Bihan’s “schémas heuristiques” 2
  3. 3. A French exception: Mind-mapping in diverse dimensions • Common modern uses of mind-mapping à la Tony Buzan – Business plans – Web designs and their purpose(s) – Note-taking in class – Meetings, discussions – Quick, efficient information review 3
  4. 4. A French exception: Mind-mapping in a new dimension • French ways of reasoning: Good for mind- mapping! – Vermicular v. top-down linear – Multiple branches, transdisciplinarity – Inviting to interrogation 4
  5. 5. A French exception: Mind-mapping General process: Physical manifestation of ideas— Five Buzan “rules” for mind-mapping • Start with blank piece of paper • Lay paper landscape-style • Start in the center, drawing an image of your own choosing, representing your main idea/topic • Think up key words related to central topic; write these around the main topics; these are ―nodes‖ • Draw lines or arrows in color, showing connections between ideas 5
  6. 6. A French exception: Mind-mapping • General process across cultures and across disciplines: Two-dimensionalizing the three-dimensional – Imagine your idea three-dimensionally – Imagine organically, adding new branches – Follow cross-cultural design standards 6
  7. 7. A French exception: Mind maps • 7 cross-cultural design rules from L’Ecole française de l’heuristique: – Paper layout: Blank, white paper in landscape format: Frédéric LeBihan, of the EFH notes ―we take greater advantage of the breadth of the visual field than of its height.‖ – Drawing/writing implements: Color is important; black pens or crayons are ok, as long as enough color appears elsewhere. – ―Core‖: Central idea in the middle of the paper, expressed in one word, if possible. This is the theme, the ―trigger‖ to logical association – ―Branches‖: Lines emanating from the core organically, ―inspired from nature‖ – Words: Chosen for evocative tone; written clearly by hand, a single word on a branch for simplicity and clarity, again serving as associative triggers – Images: To be treated as pictograms, but may be photos; ―there is no need to be an artist in all this; simplicity and evocativity are important‖. – Color: Primary colors and black most apparent, though colors expressing the mind-mapper’s emotional connection to the topic might act as memory triggers; color helps readability, also stimulating the right cerebral hemisphere in a logical map created by the left side of the brain. 7
  8. 8. A French exception: Mind maps 8
  9. 9. A French exception: Mind mapping 9
  10. 10. A French exception: mind maps in diverse disciplines 10
  11. 11. Mind maps in the USA & Francophone countries differ by design: First, USA… 11
  12. 12. France: créativité 12
  13. 13. A French Exception: Mind maps across disciplinary dimensions! • French maps use harmonious colors, words • French maps unite ideas 13
  14. 14. Mind maps: Why and how? • Use the logic of associations, not of time • Use images for creative thinking and memory • Use color,dimension • Use synesthesia • Provoke good brainstorms 14
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