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The best mind maps are stories.

  • How dementia is diagnosed.
  • Where you can receive experimental treatments for cancer.
  • History of immigration to the USA.
  • History of the United States Virgin Islands.
  • Strategies for re-building Puerto Rico after it was leveled by a hurricane.
  • What components should be in a comprehensive healthcare plan?
  • How Russia and American citizens conspire to launder money through US banks and businesses.
  • The size of food, water, and medicine problems in various geographical areas.
  • The story of how Edison stole credit for AC (alternating current electricity) from Tesla.
  • The location of abortion clinics in the United States and what each provides as general healthcare services to women whether seeking an abortion or not.
  • What you did on your summer vacation.
  • Recollections of people and places.
  • Your grocery list.
  • Recipes.
  • Family history.
  • Favorite music.
  • Your appointments for the week.

Click the following mind model to increase its size.

Well organized and visually compelling information can “turn on” many parts of the brain. Having information stored in multiple places in the brain is an excellent strategy for retaining functions should there be brain damage or disease.

Great “mind map” stories include many different elements to make them memorable, distinct, attention-grabbing, and engaging.


Before reading this post, consider reading my earlier post on the CODER algorithm for mind mapping by clicking HERE.

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The CODER algorithm suggests developing mind maps that explicitly state information in order to …

C – Communicate

O – Organize

D – Decide

E – Explain

R – Report

The CODER algorithm specifically addresses deficits in abilities to communicate, organize, decide, explain, and report which are a significant part of dementia or cognitive impairment. I have been using the technique of mind mapping since 2010 to address issues in my own dementia, and I judge it to be extremely effective. Putting information into a visual thinking environment (VITHEN) so that it can all be seen provides a way to communicate with others, examine context, make decisions, explain ideas and conclusions to others, and report using the mind map itself.

As a note, I consider the iMindMap computer program (currently on Version 10) to be the best way to create and use mind maps or mind model (a term I created for advanced mind maps).


Since 2013 when first presented, my CODER algorithm has been one of the most accessed posts on Recently it has been “rediscovered” and is now being accessed frequently.

So I decided that I should take a look at it and see if it needed to be upgraded. In fact, I discovered that my views were about the same on how to develop a meaningful and informative mind map. Consequently, I just made a few very small and largely inconsequential content changes to the map.

The map has been reformatted. The program in which this was originally drawn (iMindMap) has been enhanced significantly and annually since 2013.

The original mind map from 2013-2015 can be accessed HERE The original post includes textual material about the map.

Drum roll, please. Here is the 2017 revision. Click the image to expand it.

CODER Algorithm for Mind Mapping