What is it?
A visual mapping technique that shows the multiple, interconnected variables in a system. This technique is similar to Causal Loop Mapping, but specifies both the direction and weight of influence among variables. Thus, it can quantitatively model system dynamics, test possible intervention scenarios, and identify differences in how stakeholders perceive a system. It is helpful in the context of a specific issue or field. For more information, you can read “Fuzzy Cognitive Maps for Modeling Complex Systems” by Maikel Leon et al. and the Mental Modeler online platform for creating cognitive maps.