Title: Mindmapping: Your Personal Guide to Exploring Creativity and Problem Solving
Author: Joyce Wycoff
Foreword: Michael J. Gelb
Publisher: Berkley Books
Date Published: May 1991
LOCN: BF449.W93 1991
Dewey: 153.4/2 20
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Mindmapping itself can be described as a nonlinear visual outlining technique which is useful for brainstorming and organizing in a variety of different settings. It is basically a technique for organized "free association" centered around a "focus" topic. After the focus point is identified and written in the center of a writing surface, related issues and topics are thought of, and written on outward radiating spokes from the focus point. Each of these spokes can then become a focus for an additional round of branching, or can become the spine of a "fish-bone" diagram. When the same topic appears more than once on the mindmap, then a connecting line can be drawn, converting the forest of branching trees into a web or network.
The author advocates enhancing the basic mindmap with pictures and colors, on the basis that this establishes better communication between the "left-brain" and "right-brain." I am not sure that I buy into the psychological theories which are advanced to support this suggestion. Personally, I do find adding color to be very effective, but have little use for the pictures. On the other hand, if you are by nature a "doodler" then you may find adding pictures to be effective.
The author describes a number of applications of mindmapping, including the following:
In summary, I recommend this book to anyone who needs to create and organize ideas.
Foreword by Michael J. Gelb
Introduction: Mouse Diapers and Rainbows
Section I: Understanding the Brain and Creativity
Chapter 1: The Mind's Unknown Potential
Chapter 2: Creativity -- Within Each of Us
Section II: Techniques of Mindmapping
Chapter 3: Mindmapping: Whole Brain Thinking Techniques
Section III: Applications of Mindmapping
Chapter 4: Writing Can Be Easy, Effortless, and Enjoyable
Chapter 5: Better Project Management
Chapter 6: Brainstorming and Beyond
Chapter 7: Managing Meetings
Chapter 8: Whole Brain 'To Do' Lists
Chapter 9: Presentation Power
Chapter 10: Improving Learning Skills
Chapter 11: Mindmapping for Personal Growth
Author: Wycoff, Joyce. Title: Mindmapping : your personal guide to exploring creativity and problem-solving / Joyce Wycoff. Edition: Berkley trade pbk. ed. Published: New York : Berkley Books, 1991. Description: xviii, 173 p. : ill. ; 23 cm. LC Call No.: BF449.W93 1991 Dewey No.: 153.4/2 20 ISBN: 042512780X : $7.95 ($9.95 Canada) Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 169-173). Subjects: Problem solving -- Graphic methods. Decision making -- Graphic methods. Creative ability -- Problems, exercises, etc. Success in business. Other titles: Mind mapping. Control No.: 91206356 //r98
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