This map has no cross-links but does illustrate branching. This is a map of formal knowledge out of a lecture or a text book. It is a good place to start, but it does not reflect the understanding that comes with experience. The next one does.
This map has many cross-links in addition to many more facts. The hierarchy represents functional knowledge born out of experience rather than the more formalized knowledge found in a text.
Constructing a concept map requires prefrontal decision making that feeds back to establish long term memory in the temporal lobes. Anyone else but the originator of the map is just seeing an outline. The originator sees meaning. More connections, especially cross-links, indicate more meaning.
Both sensing and intuitive types have their “blind spots.” Intuitives have the edge on MCQ exams because they can rule out wrong answers, not because they are smarter.
“ A consensus exits about the importance of effective communication between doctor and patient…
Students may already possess good communication skills when they enter medical school…
Before they have acquired much medical knowledge students tend to listen to what patients have to tell them, and are concerned about the emotional effects of illness and patients’ social difficulties.”
The case may seem like a variety of separate components such as symptoms, problems, concerns, requests, etc, but actually all of these components are linked together in how the individual patient experiences his/her symptoms in the biological, psychological, and social perspectives.
We will use the concept map to utilize the information we gather from the patient not only to see the relationships between factors causing the patient’s symptoms, but also to begin to understand the patient as an individual in the context of his/her life.