Mind Maps versus Concept Maps

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Eric de Rochefort
Founder, France

Mind Maps versus Concept Maps

🔥NEW Mind Maps and Concept Maps are fundamentally different information mapping methods. The most significant differences are that:
1. Mind maps are hierarchical, with subjects and sub-subjects all connecting from a main (or central) subject. Links are not named and not directional, just connecting subjects hierarchically (and never laterally). Links between subjects are not directional or named.
Many individual or collaborative uses.
2. Concept maps are not hierarchical, subjects can be connected to one or multiple other subjects not necessarily hierarchically. Links are directional (one-way or two-ways), and their function is named (unlike in a mind map).
Uses: modelling, organising and representing knowledge.


Nick Duffill
ICT Consultant, United Kingdom

White Paper on Mind Maps and Concept Maps

I have a paper about the differences and different uses at harportconsulting.com. In essence, concept maps are designed for visualizing and communicating knowledge, while mind maps are better at capturing information in a personal way.
Hierarchy has much less influence in concept maps. By convention, top-level ideas are drawn at the top of the map, but in practice there is not a strict ranking of concepts further down. Cross-tree links are considered a good sign of the ability to relate concepts in different domains.
Moreover, in a Concept Map, concepts are always connected together through linking texts. There are no unexplained connections in a Concept Map. This is more rigorous than Mind Maps, because propositions are clearly visualised. A proposition is a pair of concepts, connected in a given direction by "linking text" which explains how they are related. A concept may be connected to many others in the same map, helping to define its scope and clarify its meaning.
Mind maps in fact can include cross-tree links and this is supported by most Mind Mapping software. Cross-links are commonly used to denote dependencies in maps containing tasks.

Dil Prasad Shrestha, PhD
Management Consultant, Nepal

Mind Mapping versus Concept Mapping

Mind mapping, I think, is sequential in presentation, while concept mapping follows any direction an... Sign up

Priyanka Buwe
Manager, India

Mind Mapping versus Concept Mapping

@Dil Prasad Shrestha, PhD: I think you are absolutely correct where you have the contrasting differe... Sign up

Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

Differences Between a Mind Map and a Concept Map

I agree. Many people think that mind maps and concept maps are the same things. However, there are s... Sign up

Maurice Hogarth
Consultant, United Kingdom

The Mapping of Concepts and 'Mind'

A Mind Map has its 'title' (topic or concept) depicted (word or image) at the centre of the layout. ... Sign up

Dil Prasad Shrestha, PhD
Management Consultant, Nepal

Mind Mapping versus Concept Mapping

@Priyanka Buwe: Yes. I agree. A more detailed example is given by Jaap de Jonge, below your post.... Sign up


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