Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Mind Mapping and Law School

Jessica R. Alexander, J.D., M.L.I.S., Reference Librarian

I am experimenting with a program I heard about called PersonalBrain. The concept is "mind mapping," or "visual knowledge management." I downloaded it at home and have painfully started to use it to organize my household activities and organization. I say painfully, because I hate to tackle mundane decisions about what clothes to donate, what items to trash, etc.

An individual user can download the program free of cost at It can be used on a Mac or a PC. I found an article on the program at by Cindy Curling, titled, "Notes from the Technology Trenches - If You Only Had TheBrain: Mapping Your Thoughts With TheBrain Technology," from February, 2002. The program has been around for a while, but is now in a release called Beta 5.

Reply to this post if you download the brain and start using it for any law school purpose. I am betting that some students might find it useful in visualizing legal concepts associated with a course.