What mind map users have said

Mind Maps have been described by those who have used them, from five-year-olds to those at all levels of business and education, in the following ways 'a Neme Machine ' ('neme' meaning 'a thought as a gene') 'the device that helps you look after yourself' 'a device for accessing intelligence' 'a device for manifesting intelligence' 'the epitome of summarising devices - use a Mind Map, save a tree Save a tree Save a forest ' 'the embryonic manifestation of Super-Logical Thought' 'the most...

Benefits Of Mind Maps For Presentations

X They increase eye contact with the audience. They give you freedom of movement. 3 They increase involvement, both for the speaker and the audience. 4 They utilise a greater range of cortical skills. They enable you to adapt your presentation to the needs of the audience and to time it precisely. They make it easier to alter or expand on key points. They result in a more memorable, effective and enjoyable performance for both the speakers and the audience. They give you the freedom to be...

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J Continue thinking about the choice. The third option is not only counter-productive but becomes more so the longer it is maintained. Eventually it becomes the choice because that is where your mental energy is being directed. The simplest solution to this problem is to decide not to make the third decision In other words, the minute you recognise this spiralling whirlwind on your mental horizon, you should immediately choose 'Yes' or 'No' (the first or second option). The basic principle here...

Examples of selfanalysis mind maps

The first example on page 178 (top) is a Mind Map created by a chief executive in a multinational corporation who originally wished to analyse his life in relation to his business activities. However, as the Mind Map increasingly revealed his feelings, it began to reflect all the major elements in his life. These included family, business, sporting activities, learning and general self-development, and his interest in Eastern philosophies and practices. He subsequently explained that, before...

Data organisation

One of the major benefits of the new Computer Mind Mapping is the facility to organise and reorganise your information. An integrated data organisation environment allows you to group files into directories, sub-directories and sub-sub-directories, etc., enabling you to locate easily and with instant retrieval capability items from any category. The Mind Map Plus allows you to create a text file linked to each and any branch of your Mind Map, and to merge these files into a single file suitable...

Books

Use Both Sides of Your Brain (Plume 1991) The classic bestseller. Foundation learning skills and the Radiant Thinking process of Mind Maps explained by their creator. Latest information on your brain's functions, enabling you to learn how to learn more effectively. Use Your Perfect Memory (Plume 1991) An encyclopaedia of memory techniques. Provides brain-related, easy processes for remembering names, faces, places, jokes, telephone numbers and everything else you want or need to remember. Speed...

Helping others to analyse themselves

You may wish to help friends or colleagues analyse themselves, perhaps someone who has never done a Mind Map before. In such cases you can follow the same four stages described earlier (pages 177-8), the only difference being that, rather than analysing yourself, you become a scribe for someone else. Your friend or colleague can describe his or her central image while you draw it. He or she can then dictate all the thoughts, feelings and ideas that come to mind, while you write them down as a...

Video Tapes

Mind Mapping applications for today's business. The BBC's new technologically superb video-led course teaches you how to use Mind Maps to clarify your thinking and make better use of your mental resources. Includes one trainer workbook and participant workbooks. Additional participant workbooks are available in packs of 10. Comprehensive and flexible video training programme. 17 courses in one Applies Mind Mapping, memory and information management to all aspects of your business and training...

Scale And Depth

The zoom capacity of computers allows Mind Maps of immense size (Mega Mind Maps) to be created. Eventually the size of the given computer screen would limit the amount of information that can be clearly seen, a problem which with manual Mind Maps would require either a redrawing of the Mind Map on an even larger sheet of paper or continuing on a separate sheet of paper. The computer alternative is a key feature, there being three options available for handling Mega Mind Maps. 1 With the new...

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They utilise all the individual's associative capabilities, enhancing the brain's physical imprinting and network-making capabilities, and therefore increasing the probability of recall. They provide a 'sure fire' method of remembering, thus increasing the individual's confidence, motivation and general mental functioning. As we have seen, memory and creativity are two sides of the same coin. Having explored the mnemonic benefits of Mind Maps, the next chapter illuminates their many advantages...

Group participation

Radiant Thinking

A special computer screen display panel for adding new branches to a Mind WAI KWAVS PATIO KITCHFN LIVING ROOM top left Computer Mind Map Plus menu. top right Zoom view of Computer Mind Map. below left Computer Mind Map branch 'Plants' aggregated around itself as a centre. below right Computer Mind Map branch 'Favourite' on separate Mind Map. Map has been made especially large so that it can be observed easily by a small group sitting around a computer, much as would be typical of a standard...

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By using Mind Maps, rather than linear notes, the family ensures that knowledge is enhanced as it is communicated rather than debased. vl Family members increase their ability to comprehend new areas of knowledge. As a consequence, they enhance their ability to prepare for, and sit, examinations. O More importantly, their whole attitude to learning and examinations is transformed. Through family Mind Mapping, all family members can come to view study as a pleasure rather than a punishment. J...

Foreword

Presentations - on a one-to-one basis, in small or large groups, on radio or television - are a vital part of business life today. Yet an amazing number of people are terrified of public speaking, ranking their fear of making speeches above their fear of spiders, snakes, diseases, war and even death This chapter looks at how Mind Maps can help in overcoming fear thereby enabling you to prepare and present your information and ideas clearly, interestingly and effectively. There are also some...

The lifeplanning divisions

Like other personal organisers, the Mind Map diary can also help you keep track of different aspects of your life. Once again, to keep the mind uncluttered, it's best to use only a few major Basic Ordering Ideas. The most useful are In each of these divisions you can plan and Mind Map telephone calls, meetings, holidays, etc, and jot down creative ideas and things to remember.

The developing brain

When does the human brain first learn to Mind Map 'When it is taught,' you might reply. The correct answer is, 'The moment (and perhaps before) it is born ' Consider the way a baby's brain develops, especially the way it learns language. One of the first words babies speak is 'Mama'. Why 'Mama' Because 'Mama' is the centre of the Mind Map From her radiate the main branches of love, food, warmth, protection, transport and education. Thus the baby instinctively Mind Maps internally, from the...

Benefits of mind maps for meetings

X They ensure that every member understands the viewpoints of the other members. They place all contributions in context. J Including all individual contributions on the Mind Map increases energy, enthusiasm and co-operation within the group. T Each member of the group has a complete record of the meeting, thus ensuring that everyone understands and remembers exactly what has been decided. Because Mind Maps are such an efficient means of communication, Mind Map meetings usually take about...

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A The primary ideas are in place so that secondary and tertiary ideas can follow quickly and easily to facilitate a harmonious thought structure. ** BOIs help to shape, sculpt and construct Mind Maps enabling the mind to think in a naturally structured way. Using all the Mind Mapping techniques you have learnt so far, make your own complete Mind Map on the concept of happiness, and compare it with the one i in page 80. wt Afrttewxre - riA* vc

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Mind Map Personal Skills

Mind Mapping not only enhances your powers of self-analysis, problem solving and personal organisation, it can also enrich your family life. The next section explores the many exciting ways in which you can use Mind Maps for family study and enjoyment. Mind Map from Tony Buzan's personal diary showing Mind Map of the day in which he began formally writing The Mind Map Book, and symbolising the genie that came from ideas discussed in conversation (see pages 192-3).

Benefits of teaching with mind maps

X They automatically inspire interest in the students, thus making them more receptive and co-operative in the classroom. They make lessons and presentations more spontaneous, creative and enjoyable, both for the teacher and the students. Z) Rather than remaining relatively rigid as the years go by, the teacher's notes are flexible and adaptable. In these times of rapid change and development, the teacher needs to be able to alter and add to teaching notes quickly and easily. T Because Mind...

Creating And Editing A Computer Mind

Creating a Computer Mind Map is very simple. From your directory screen you select 'Make a new Mind Map'. This selection immediately creates a new display on which you enter the key word for your new Mind Map. Once this key word, your central image, is entered, the computer automatically draws, colours and positions your central Mind Map image in the middle of the screen. In exactly the same way as you do with a standard Mind Map, you add your main themes and branches, each main branch being...

Division 5 Uses

In this division we explore the many practical ways in which you can use your newly acquired Mind Mapping skills we begin with personal applications (self-analysis, problem-solving and keeping a Mind Map diary) this is followed by family study then educational applications (thinking, teaching and Mind Mapping a book, lecture or video) and finally business and professional applications, including the new developments of computer Mind Maps and the prospect of a Radiant Thinking future. Some...

Four Danger Areas

Positive Thinking Mindmap

There are four major pitfalls for any Mind Mapper Mind Maps that aren't really Mind Maps The idea that phrases are more meaningful The idea that a 'messy' Mind Map is no good 4 A negative emotional reaction to any Mind Map All these danger areas can easily be avoided as long as you bear in mind the principles explained below. 1 Mind Maps that aren't really Mind Maps The Figures overleaf are often created by people at an early stage in Mind Mapping who have not yet fully absorbed all the Mind...

Giving a mind mapped presentation

In contrast to linear notes, a Mind Map gives the speaker freedom and flexibility opposite Natural Architecture Plate 28 If the audience has particular needs or questions that arise, either before or during the speech, you can immediately link them into the Mind Map. Equally, if the time available for your presentation suddenly expands or shrinks, you can edit quickly and easily. The flexibility of a Mind Map allows you to monitor your progress easily and to accelerate or expand your...

Journey Through The Mind Of A Mind Mapper Part

This is your chance to 'get inside' the mind of an individual and explore his or her ideas on the nature of happiness. In the process, you will have an opportunity to apply all the Mind Mapping techniques you have learnt so far, as well as a few new ones. The Mind Mapper starts with a central image that expresses the concept of happiness. This image needs to incorporate dimension and at least three colours. The first Basic Ordering Idea that comcs to the mind of our mapper is 'activities'. This...

Levels Of Mind Map Knowledge

Regardless of your level of knowledge concerning Mind Maps, your initial approach should be to browse through the book fairly rapidly, scanning its structure, observing those areas that will be of particular interest to you, and formulating your initial goals. After this, your approach will differ according to your level of knowledge and experience If you are a beginner, meaning that you have had either no experience with Mind Maps or only the slightest acquaintance, continue by reading The...

Mind mapping as a group

As well as individual Mind Maps, it is advisable to have a Master Mind Map on a large board, screen or chart that is visible to all. In this way the elected scribe can register every contribution and place it within the overall structure of the meeting. This avoids the all-too-common problem of good or brilliant ideas being discarded, or never emerging, because the traditional methods of structuring meetings and recording minutes counteract the growth of natural group communication. A group...

The family mind mapping study day

The family study plan can be used by any family whose members wish to increase their knowledge, whether for academic purposes or simply for general interest. It has been designed to make studying as efficient and enjoyable as possible. Using this type of study plan and well-organised Mind Map notes, the content of a whole book can be communicated to members of the group in 30 minutes-1 hour The study day is designed to give each member of the family over two hours of study time on an individual...

The Mind Map Book And

You who now read these words are doing so with your own unique personality and uniquely developed set of learning skills. You will therefore progress at a pace and rhythm particularly suited to you. In the light of this, it is important that you measure yourself primarily against yourself. The examples contained within The Mind Map Book should be used not as standards that must be attained but as beacons to guide you towards your goal. When you have completed The Mind Map Book we recommend that...

Using mind maps to prepare a presentation

Business is actually far more closely related to education than is commonly realised. In both environments, communication is central. And any act of communication involves imparting and receiving information in other words, teaching and learning. So preparing business presentations is almost identical to preparing examination or essay Mind Maps (see Chapter 22). It also bears many similarities to self-analysis and problem solving Mind Mapping (see Chapters 18 and 19). Having drawn your central...

Benefits of interpersonal problemsolving mind maps

Their structure guarantees openness on the part of the participants. Ld They give each participant a comprehensive view of the other's perspective. They encourage honesty between the participants. T They place the problem within a much wider context, allowing a deeper understanding of its causes and a stronger impetus to resolve it. J They act as an on-going record of the relationship, and the positive and solution Mind Maps can be used as a source of strength and support as the relationship...

The mind map laws and recommendations

The Mind Map laws are intended to increase, rather than restrict, your mental freedom. In this context, it is important not to confuse order with rigidity or freedom with chaos. All too often, order is perceived in negative terms as rigid and restrictive. Similarly, freedom is mistaken for chaos and lack of structure. In fact true mental freedom is the ability to create order from chaos. The Mind Map laws will help you do exactly this. They are divided into the laws of technique and the laws of...

The Three As Of Mind Mapping

In many ancient Eastern cultures, master teachers traditionally gave new students only three basic instructions 'obey', 'cooperate' and 'diverge'. Each of these instructions characterised a specific learning stage. 'Obey1 indicated that the student was to imitate the master, only asking for Unification when necessary. Any other questions were to be noted and raised in the next stage. 'Cooperate' referred to the second stage in which the student, having learnt ibe basic techniques, began to...

Mind mapping for essays

Whereas note-taking from a book or lecture involves taking the essential elements from linear material to generate a Mind Map, note-making for an essay means first identifying the essential elements of the subject in a Mind Map and then using your Mind Map notes to build a linear structure. As always, you should begin your Mind Map with a central image representing the subject of your essay. You can then select appropriate Basic Ordering Ideas, as described in Chapter 9 (pages 83-89) and...

Minimind map image exercise

The exercise recommended for people wishing to build up their visual 'mental musculature' is identical to the 'happiness' exercise described in the previous chapter, except that an image is placed in the centre, and on each of the ten branches surrounding the image, the first ten 'image associations' are drawn. In an exercise like this, it is essential for people to overcome their inhibitions about drawing 'bad' images. No matter how 'bad' the initial images may seem, because of the trial and...

Feedback

The Mind Map Book will always be a work-in-progress. As such, we would enormously appreciate your feedback in many ways Any stories you have, or indeed stories of friends or acquaintances who have been able to use Mind Mapping in some notable or extraordinary way. If you are aware of any research, experiments or studies that support any of the points we make in this book, please do let us know, care of the Buzan Centres (see pages 308-11), with references that are as detailed as possible. If...

Establishing a productive mental set

In order to take best advantage of your note-taking opportunities, it is important for you to organise your approach in a way that allows you to build up a clearly ctured Mind Map as your note-taking progresses. To establish the best mental set for note-taking from a book, use the Mind Map Organic Study Technique (MMOST) as described in detail by Tony uzan in Use Your Head (Chapter 9). The basic steps are as follows Very quickly browse or look through the entire book or article, getting a...

The Results Of Research On Notemakingtaking

These findings are supported by many academic studies on note-making taking, especially those by Dr Howe of Exeter University. fDr Howe's studies aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of different types of noting. Effectiveness was judged by how well students were able to talk from their notes, indicating a full and integrated understanding. They also had to be able to use the notes for review purposes, to provide accurate recall and considered responses in examination conditions where the notes...

Division 1 Natural Architecture

Whoever, wherever, you are, you are using - to read these words - the most beautiful, intricate, complex, mysterious and powerful object in the known universe your brain. We are, as an evolutionary model, a mere 45,000 years old, and we now stand on the brink of a revolution that will change the course of human development. For the first time in the three and a half million year history of human intelligence, that very intelligence has realised that it can understand, analyse and nurture...

Audio Tapes

Brain Power (International Centre for The 'how to' course in Learning we all need 6 audio tapes and 48 page workbook covering memory logic listening range reading number skills dealing with change and using Mind Maps for creative thinking and enhancing intelligence. (Audio Renaissance Tapes Inc 1988) Tony Buzan introduces you to a new level of creative thinking enhanced by learning how to Mind Map. A participative manual is enclosed. Make the Most of Your Mind (Simon & Schuster Sound Ideas...

The Future Of Computer Mind Mapping

Computer Mind Mapping is in its infancy and with increasingly powerful computers and more innovative software becoming available, enormous advances will be made within the next few years. Some features which will be available in the very near future include 1 Multi-coloured images to act as the central Mind Map image or to be attached to any part of any branch. Additional, variegated and organic natural branch patterns. 3 Pen-Pad computer technology will make the input to computers much like...

The great brains

For those of you who have been criticised for making 'messy notes' or 'doodling', what follows will provide consolation and vindication During my lectures over the past 25 years I have frequently displayed the notes of an unidentified thinker generally recognised as 'great'. I have then invited course participants to identify the originator of the notes. In every group, the participants have mentioned - usually guessing wrongly - the names of da Vinci, Einstein, Picasso, Darwin, and at least...

Radiant Thinking

Radiant Thinker

14 This is the exchange, during which each family member presents, from his or her own Mind Map of the book, a complete summary of what has been learnt from the study text. (For details on giving presentations, see Chapter 26.) Each presentation should take about 25 minutes, with a 5-10 minute break after the first two. While one member gives the presentation the other members Mind Map of a complete study day completed by two mothers, Lynn Collins and Caro Ayre (see page 208). act as scribes,...

Introduction To Hierarchies And Categories

In order to control and apply this vast mental power, you need to structure your thoughts and your Mind Map using hierarchy and categorisation. The first step is to identify your Basic Ordering Ideas (BOIs). Basic Ordering Ideas are key concepts within which a host of other concepts can be organised. The term 'machines', for example, contains a vast array of categories, one of which is 'motor vehicles'. This in turn generates a large range, one of which is 'cars'. 'Cars' in turn contains a host...

Radiant Thinking Radiant Future

In order to examine the possibilities, it is necessary to return momentarily from the cosmos to the cortex, and to search for Rader Piatt's beacons of hope in the welter of discouraging news about economics, pollution and the general global state. If we are to achieve a complete understanding of our current situation, and a more realistic interpretation of our future, it is necessary to look very closely at the single factor which most dramatically affects all future possibilities. This crucial...

Exercise

Take a quick look at the illustration opposite. Then expand each of your ten original key words with further associations. Spend 1 minute on each key word (10 minutes in all). When you have completed this exercise, you will be at the second, third and fourth branch levels on your Mini-Mind Map. At this point you will realise that you can go on for ever This exercise demonstrates that, using appropriate techniques, your brain is capable of exploring and manifesting its infinite creative ability.

Implications

On considering the Mind Map our host has created, it is clear that any of the key words or images could be placed at the centre of a new Mind Map which would again radiate outwards. Bearing this in mind, any Mind Map is potentially infinite. In view of its radiant nature, every key word or image added to a Mind Map itself adds the possibility of a new and greater range of associations, which themselves add the possibilities of new and greater ranges, and so on ad infinitum. This demonstrates...

Martian View Of Human Intelligence

Imagine you are a Martian from a billion-year-old civilisation who has been asked to study, help and eventually befriend the racially young but very talented inhabitants of Earth. You study the Earth-dwellers intensively and find that they have a staggeringly complex cortex, with a wide range of advanced mental skills, an infinite associative capacity, a virtually limitless storage capacity, and a similarly limitless ability to generate new ideas and associations. In addition, they have a...

The principles of the mind map diary

In the same way as Mind Mapping represents a large leap from standard linear note-taking, the Mind Map diary or Universal Personal Organiser (UPO) (see page 310) is far more efficient and effective than a standard diary. As well as the cortical skills used in traditional diaries (words, numbers, lists, sequence and order), the Mind Map diary incorporates colour, imagery, symbols, codes, humour, daydream, gestalt (wholeness), dimension, association and visual rhythm. By giving you a true and...

Quiz

Radiant Thinking

Here are 17 notes by great thinkers from the fields of politics, the military, architecture, art, poetry, science and literature. They show that it is natural for an advanced intelligence to use a greater than average range of cortical skills. They are included here, for your information and entertainment, in the form of a quiz. It is suggested that you leaf through them, attempting to identify which great thinker made which note. At the time of going to press, the highest score on this quiz...

Benefits of dyadic mind maps

Dyadic Framework

X Dyadic Mind Maps allow your brain to assimilate immediately a whole range of complex and inter-related items of information, bringing all the issues into clear focus. They also give the brain a pre-structured framework for association, ensuring that all the relevant elements are taken into consideration. The 'X' Exercise (See pages 128-9.) The 'X' Exercise (See pages 128-9.) They utilise the full range of cortical skills, resulting in a more comprehensively considered decision. J They use...

Benefits of the mind map diary

It provides both a macroscopic and a microscopic view of your life becoming, as it grows, a comprehensive life-management tool. It allows you to span future and past to plan and record. 'Linear' page from Tony Buz an's diary showing use of all cortical skills for more creative and easily remembered diary keeping (see page 192). mm It is visually attractive, and becomes more attractive as the user's skill improves - the user eventually begins to create works of art. y The yearly, monthly and...

Family mind mapping in practice

Many families who have started holding regular study days have had their children go from bottom or near the bottom of the class to first, second or third place in all subjects. Likewise, the parents have found themselves excelling at work and in professional studies. One Swedish family, with two parents and three children, enjoyed their study days so much that they held them regularly every weekend for six months. As the children did better and better at school, and as they told their friends...

Purposes Of The Mind Map Book

This book is designed as an adventure to entice, delight, stimulate and challenge you. You will discover some astonishing facts about your brain and its function, and will take your first major steps on the path to freedom of mind. The Mind Map Book has five main purposes 1 To introduce you to a new concept in the development of thought -Radiant Thinking. To introduce you to the new tool that allows you to use Radiant Thinking to best advantage in all aspects of your life - Mind Maps. J To give...

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Radiant Thinking

Now select your major branches or Basic Ordering Ideas. Useful BOIs include Personal history - past, present and future Mind Map by a chief executive of a multi-national organisation reconsidering his life and re-focusing upon his family (see page 181). Mind Map by a female senior executive examining her belief systems, herself and her chosen directions for the future (seepage 181). The last item, your emotional nature, is particularly important and all too often excluded. Colours, shapes,...

Benefits of family mind mapping

X Family Mind Mapping offers all the benefits of group Mind Mapping listed in Chapter 17 (pages 172-3). By using Mind Maps for story-telling, the family's creativity is enhanced. 3 Individual study speed and effectiveness is multiplied by the number of family members. T Throughout the Mind Map study process, family members engage in conversation about the material they are studying, rather than studying in silence. Research has shown that active verbalising leads to more efficient processing...

Chairing a meeting with a mind map

Mind Maps are particularly useful for chairing meetings. The chairperson has the agenda on a basic Mind Map and can use this fundamental frame to add thoughts, guide discussions, and record the basic outline of what will eventually be the minutes of the meeting. Colour coding can be used to indicate action, ideas, question marks, and important areas. Chairing a meeting this way allows the person in the chair to be much like a captain of a starship guiding it safely through the clusters and...

Books With Other Authors

Get Ahead (Buzan Centre Books 1992) By Vanda North with Tony Buzan A practical, easy and inviting introduction to Tony Buzan's Mind Maps. How to apply them to your life to get ahead quicker. Video also available. Brain Power for Kids (Brain Power for Kids Inc 1991) By Lana Israel with Tony Buzan Lana has used Tony's Mind Mapping to improve her grades at school, write a book, conduct research, travel to Russia and be on national television at only 15 years of age. You can too Brain Training...

Creative Thinking

Aims of creative Mind Mapping The Mind Map as a creative thinking mechanism The stages of the creative thinking process Mind Mapping to gain new paradigms Benefits of creative thinking Mind Maps In this chapter the focus is on creative thinking using Mind Maps. You will discover why Mind Maps are so startlingly effective in this area, and how you can use them to stretch and expand your own creative thinking and brainstorming abilities, thus gaining major new insights. Creative thinking or...

Creating a master mind map

If you are involved in a long-term course of study it is a good idea to keep a giant Master Mind Map reflecting the major sub-divisions, themes, theories, personalities and events in that subject. Every time you read a book or go to a lecture, you can record any major new insight on your Master Mind Map, thus creating an external mirror-image of your growing network of internal knowledge. In Chapter 27, page 271, a multiple-purpose Master Mind Map outlines their uses in handling a management...

Brainstorming Images

This chapter discusses recent brain research which has astounded experts around the world. Together with the practical exercises described here, this knowledge will enable you to access the vast store of imaginative skills that lie dormant in 95 per cent of the population. fin 1970 Scientific American magazine published the results of a fascinating experiment carried out by Ralph Haber. Haber had shown his subjects a series of 2560 photographic slides, presenting one image every 10 seconds. It...

Mind mapping for projects and reports

Writing a project or report, ranging from a few pages to the length of a doctoral thesis, can also be made much easier by using Mind Maps. Such projects may involve extensive research and final presentation in written, graphic and oral form, but the approach is essentially the same as that used for essays and examinations. As in any study task, the first step is deciding how much you plan to cover within a given time. These time volume targets are just as important in long-term projects as in...

More about hierarchies and categories

The Basic Ordering Ideas in any Mind Map are those words or images which are the simplest and most obvious ordering devices. They are the key concep' gathering the greatest number of associations to themselves. It is the use of hierarchy and categorisation which distinguishes the fall Mind Map from the Mini-Mind Maps described earlier. In these, the first ten words or images gained their importance simply by occurring first. In the full Mind Map, they are placed according to their inherent...

The daily plan

The daily Mind Map diary page is based on the 24-hour clock, the Mind Map as a planning and mnemonic device, and the fact that the human brain is a visionary, goal-oriented mechanism. As with the yearly and monthly plans, as many Mind Mapping laws as possible are applied. Ideally, you will make two Mind Maps for each day the first one to plan the day in advance and the second to monitor its progression -this can also be used to recapture the day in retrospect. The example on page 198 is the...

The Disadvantages Of Standard Notes

There are four disadvantages of current standard note-making taking systems 1 They obscure the key words Important ideas are conveyed by key words. In standard notes these key words often appear on different pages, obscured by the mass of less important words. These factors prevent the brain from making appropriate associations between the key concepts. hi They make it difficult to remember Monotonous single colour notes are visually boring. As such, they will be rejected and forgotten. In...

Benefits of creating artistic mind maps

X Development of artistic skills and visual perception, which in turn enhance memory, creative thinking and self-confidence. Stress-reduction, relaxation and self-exploration. Pleasure. Providing good 'role models' for other Mind Mappers. Achieving a greater understanding of the work of great artists. Commercial. For example, a five-year-old English boy became entranced with Mind Maps, started to do at least two a day, and sold each one for five times his weekly pocket money

Bibliography

Aiken, E.G., Thomas, G.S., and Shennum, W.A. 'Memory for a lecture Effects of notes, lecture rate, and information density.' Journal of Educational Psychology 67 3 , 439-44, 1975. Anderson, J.R. Cognitive Psychology and Its Implications. Second edition. New York W.H. Freeman amp Co., 1985. Anderson, J.R. 'Retrieval of propositional information from long-term memory.' Cognitive Psychology 6, 451-74, 1974. Anokhin, RK. 'The Forming of natural and artificial intelligence'. Impact of Science on...

Examples of mind map art

The extraordinary tree-like Mind Map on page 119 is by Claudius Borer, who is becoming famous throughout Europe for his art Mind Maps on i structuring of organisations. This generic Mind Map covers the fundamental routes, the main branches and the possible 'fruits' for a growing business. The Mind Map on page 120 top was drawn by Kathy De Stefano, a marketing consultant, to express her idea of the ideal job. The result is a brilliantly creative work of art as well as a vibrant and creative Mind...

Mind mapping a book

To recap briefly, the technique of Mind Mapping a book falls into two parts -preparation and application. Within these divisions there are eight stages. For ease of reference, the stages are summarised below, with recommended time limits. A complete summary Mind Map by Vanda North of the MMOST technique, incorporating a study-day plan, is on page 239. 1 Browse - create the central image of the Mind Map 10 minutes 2 Setting time and amount targets 5 minutes 3 Mind Mapping existing knowledge on...

The Intelligence Revolution

As The Mind Map Book goes to press, the world stands on the brink of a major revolution the discovery that intelligence can understand its own nature, and in so doing can enhance and nurture itself. Simultaneously, we are realising that our main asset is our intellectual capital. National Olympic squads are currently devoting as much as 50 per cent of their training time to the development of mental strength and stamina, while the top US information technology companies alone spend hundreds of...

Harnessing The Full Range Of Your Cortical Skills

The full power of the Mind Map is realised by having a central image instead of a central word, and by using images wherever appropriate rather than opposite Natural Architecture Plate 11 words. Combining the two cortical skills of words and images multiplies your intellectual power, especially when you create your own images. fin 1989 W. M. Matlin described an experiment showing this. It was carried out by Bull and Whittrock 16 years earlier to discover effects of images on Bull and Whittrock...

The stages of interpersonal problemsolving

For interpersonal problem-solving to succeed, it is essential that both individuals fully understand the theory and application of Mind Maps. Assuming this basic knowledge, there are three major stages in the process. As with self-analysis, it is important that your materials should be of the highest quality, and your environment as comfortable and supportive of the entire process as possible. As the process may take several hours, especially for a major problem, you need to plan activity and...

Answers To Great Brains Quiz

Great Brain Note 2 Great Brain Note A 299 top left Great Brain Note F 299 top right Great Brain Note G Great Brain Note L Great Brain Note M Great Brain Note N Great Brain Note O Great Brain Note P Great Brain Note Q Pablo Picasso page from manuscript 'Asul y Isaac Newton autograph sketch of reflecting Albert Einstein diagram in answer to a schoolgirl's question Thomas Edison light bulb drawing from 1880 notebook Leonardo da Vinci drawings of parachute and flying-machine wings Isaac Newton...

Group mind map family study

Thinking Map Family

The Mind Map Organic Study Technique MMOST - as described in Chapter 14 pages 141-4 and Tony Buzan, Use Your Head, Chapter 9 - enables individuals to multiply the speed, comprehension, effectiveness and efficiency of their study by five to ten times. By applying the same techniques to family or group study, this improvement can itself be multiplied by the number of members of the group. Briefly, MMOST consists of two main stages, preparation and application, and can be used for group study as...

Memory

Radiant Thinking

The Mind Map as a multi-dimensional memory device t The mnemonic Mind Map as a mirror of creativity Applications of mnemonic Mind Maps t Benefits of mnemonic Mind Maps This chapter begins with a colourful Greek myth which has much to tell us about the relationship between memory, energy and creativity. We then explore Mind Maps as mnemonic and creative thinking devices, before summarising the benefits of mnemonic Mind Maps. Zeus, the king of the gods, was well-known as a philanderer. He spent...

Rationale of the mind map laws

Radiant Thinking

Emphasis, as we have already seen, is one of the major factors in improving memory and creativity. All the techniques used for emphasis can also be used for association, and vice versa. The following laws enable you to achieve maximum and appropriate emphasis in your Mind Maps. An image automatically focuses the eye and the brain. It triggers numerous associations and is astoundingly effective as a memory aid. In addition an image is attractive - on many levels. It attracts you, it pleases you...

Making Choices

Costing Mind Map

T Journey through the mind of a Mind Mapper, Part 3 Benefits of dyadic Mind Maps OPPOSITE Natural Architecture Plate 14 - 123 - The Mind Map is a particularly useful tool for clarifying personal choices, fy using the Mind Map to set out your needs and desires, priorities and constrar you will be able to make decisions based on a clearer view of the questi involved. Having gained a comprehensive knowledge of the Mind Mapp' laws, use this chapter to help you utilise your new-found skills to make...

Examples of mind map projects

Examples Mind Maps Education

The Mind Map on page 219 summarises a project carried out by IBM and the British government's Youth Training Scheme. The aim was to give guidance on the most effective ways of teaching young people. This summary proved so useful that it was incorporated into the IBM YTS Training Scheme Manual, as were a number of other Mind Maps. f Another example concerns a 13-year-old American schoolgirl called Lana Israel who has become a highly successful author with her book Brain Power for Kids - How to...

Answers To Natural Architecture Plates Quiz

Horsehead nebula Quiver tree, Namibia Lightning Insulin molecule 'Order piercing chaos' computer graphic Lya-punov exponent for the logistic equation with its parameter varying in the sequence AABABAB AABABAB A Abscissa, B Ordinate. The orange figure in the picture foreground indicates periodicity, while the blue picture background indicates chaos 'Seven-winged bird' computer graphic chaotic attractor obtained by iterating points on the plane. The points wander chaotically on this figure only a...

Doing The Exercises

You will gain a new dimension of understanding and expertise if you do the exercises offered in The Mind Map Book. These take the form of quizzes, challenges and explorations. It is best to use a Mind Map pad a blank white A3 pad , a set of 12 or more good-for-writing felt-tip pens, four or more bright and different-coloured highlighters, and a standard writing pen. Mind Map kits are available by post see pages 308-11 . With these materials, you will be able to make full use of your Radiant...

Mind mapping as individuals

Using the techniques already described in Chapter 14 pages 139-146 and Chapter 24 pages 235-44 , individuals can create their own Mind Maps throughout the meeting. To zA J ' V WPA NORTH 1 , payk MS f RP f -To MM gt T ,SHEL ofiP Ii, Mind Map by Lady Mary Tovey of a meeting see page 248 . The subject of the meeting provides the central image, and the major items on the agenda correspond to the main branches. As the meeting progresses, you can add ideas and information wherever they seem most...

THE mind map a definition

The Mind Map is an expression of Radiant Thinking and is therefore a natural function of the human mind. It is a powerful graphic technique which provides a universal key to unlocking the potential of the brain. The Mind Map can be applied to every aspect of life where improved learning and clearer thinking will enhance human performance. The Mind Map has four essential characteristics a The subject of attention is crystallised in a central image. b The main themes of the subject radiate from...

Benefits of mind map notes and the master mind map

Mind Map Brain

X They enable you to keep the whole knowledge 'picture' in view at all times, thus giving you a more balanced and comprehensive understanding of the subject in its entirety. They take up far less space than linear notes. Between 10 and 1,000 pages of text can be summarised on one large Mind Map page. They give your brain a central focus and structure within which to integrate your knowledge of any subject. Mind Map by Lana Israel in preparation for a history exam see pages 219 and 240 . Mind...

Mind mapping to gain new paradigms

Thinking Maps Subjects

uring deep and prolonged creative thinking, if new insights have been gained it the first reconstruction and revision stage, incubation may produce a new lerspective on the collective insights, known as a paradigm shift. The Mind Map on pages 158-159 is by Lorraine Gill. It summarises a series of lectures on the creative process as seen from the perspective of the practising tist. The Mind Map incorporates the History of Art, the growth of a 'grammar of seeing' and the tools for the...

What Is Radiant Thinking Definition

Positive Thinking Mindmap

At this stage, each individual does three large, separate Mind Maps dislikes, likes and solutions. In each of the three Mind Maps you should follow the usual procedure of first completing a quick-fire Mind Map burst, which should be followed by a more careful reconstruction in which you select your BOIs. i For up to 1 hour or more if required each participant does an exhaustive Mind Map on every negative aspect of the relationship to date. No matter how many positive elements there may be in...

Reviewing your mind map notes

Having completed your Mind Map notes, you should review them regularly in order to maintain your understanding and recall of what you have learnt. The natural rhythms of your memory are discussed in detail in Tony Buzan's Use Your Memory, Chapter 11, and Use Your Head, Chapter 5. The essential points are summarised here. For a 1-hour period of study the optimum intervals and time limits for review after the study are as follows After 10 minutes - take a 10-minute review After 24 hours - take a...

Peter Barrett Mind Mapping

Radiant Thinking

Until just before the publication of The Mind Map Book, Mind Maps had always been created using coloured pens and paper. But now technology makes it possible to Mind Map using computers, because they now have enough memory capacity, speed and software capability to allow Mind Maps to be drawn on screen. At the moment computer Mind Mapping cannot compete with the infinite visual variety, portability and 'minimum tool requirement' of traditional Mind Mapping techniques. However, the areas where...

Selfanalysis using mind maps

Whether you're weighing up the pros and cons of changing your job or trying to work out your long-term priorities, Mind Maps can be an enormous help in clarifying your thoughts and feelings. Because a Mind Map uses the full range of cortical skills it gives a comprehensive reflection of the self. Having seen this clear external image of yourself, you are less likely to suffer the unhappy consequences of making decisions that go against your nature and your real needs and desires. It is helpful...

Mind map storytelling

Mind Map Fairy Tale

First prepare your environment and materials Mind Mapping paper spread out on the floor or tables and plenty of good-quality coloured pens. There are seven major stages in the story-telling process. Each member of the family does an individual brainstorm on ideas for a super-creative fairytale. The ideas might take the form of suggested titles the more fantastic the better or perhaps central characters animal, vegetable, extraterrestrial or even human . Each person reads out his or her ideas...

Using mind maps for management

Mindmap Nigel Temple

Mind Maps can be used by every individual in a business or professional organisation in any situation where linear notes would normally be taken. To begin with, the day can be planned using a Mind Map diary see Chapter 20 . Subsequently, telephone calls, meetings, counselling sessions and interviews can all be Mind Mapped, to ensure that the participants have a full and accurate grasp of what has been discussed and agreed. By using Mind Maps in their training courses, companies like EDS,...

Otherproducts

The new computer thinking tool for managers, consultants, professionals, students, teachers, analysts, authors, journalists and many others. May be used on any pc compatible with VGA running DOS. The first Mind Map program doubles creativity, allows flexible and instantaneous manifestation of ideas and logs levels of thought. Can translate to linear for the non-Mind Map literate. Each printing of a Mind Map pad has a limited edition Mind Map on it. Collect them all The kit contains an A3 and A4...

Mental Literacy

Illustrations Conceptual Framework

All these trends reflect the increasing Literacy, defined thus As a knowledge of the alphabet and its permutations and combinations is to traditional literacy, and as a knowledge of numbers and their permutations and combinations is to mathematics, so a knowledge of the biological and conceptual alphabets of the brain and its apparently infinite permutations and combinations is to Mental Literacy. The Mind Map Book3 with its emphasis on the radiant biological and conceptual architecture of the...

Mind mapping versus linear preparation

Thinking Maps Gesture

There are several disadvantages to linear methods of preparing speeches 1 Because the speaker has to keep referring to written notes, he or she loses eye contact with the audience. U Having to 'hold on' to the notes makes it impossible to reinforce major points with physical gestures. O Written English is very different from spoken English. 'Grammatically correct' written language is inappropriate for a spoken presentation, and will almost certainly induce extreme boredom in the audience. A...

Mind mapping from lecturesvideos computersfilms

Mind Map Making History Interesting

This is very similar to Mind Mapping a book, except that you are often subject to the linear progression of the lecture or presentation and do not have the luxury of being able to refer to different parts of the material at will. For this reason, it is especially important to get an overview of the topic as quickly as possible. Before the lecture, video or film begins, you should draw your central image and as many of the main branches as you can. Most good lecturers are pleased to help anyone...

Minimind Map Word Exercise

Mini Mind Map One World

The Mini-Mind Map is the embryonic form of a Mind Map. 'Mini' though this Mind Map is, its implications are gigantic. To do the following exercises, you will need pens and a Mind Map notepad see page 310 or several large sheets of blank paper. Doing the exercises Fill in quickly, with printed single key words on the lines, and without pausing to choose, the first ten associations that radiate from the centre when you think of the concept 'happiness'. It is important to put down the first words...

Example of a mind mapped presentation

Tony Buzan Mind Map

The Mind Map on page 258 forms the basis of a presentation on the predictions of John Naisbitt, the futurist. The central image is a picture of Naisbitt and the arrow from the top of his head represents his vision of the future, from 1990 to the year 2000. The ten numbered branches correspond to the ten major areas of change predicted by Naisbitt over this time span. In summary, Naisbitt predicts that the economy will become information-based and global that the world will experience another...

About the Authors

Tony Buzan is the originator of Mind Maps , the President of The Brain Foundation, Founder of The Brain Trust and the Brain Clubs, and the creator of the concept of Mental Literacy. Born in London in 1942, Tony Buzan graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1964, achieving double Honours in Psychology, English, Mathematics and the General Sciences. In 1966 he worked for the Daily Telegraph in Fleet Street, also editing the International Journal of M EN SA the high IQ Society . As...

Rationale Of The Mind Map Recommendations

The Mind Map recommendations are designed to help you implement laws, to release the flow of your thoughts, and to provide the best poss environment for your brain and body. Should you come up against a temporary block, simply add a line or lines to your on-going Mind Map. This will challenge your brain to complete what ha been left unfinished and will 'tap in' to your infinite associative power. Questions are the main device by which the brain accumulates networks of powledge. When you...

Applications

Our extraordinary uniqueness has many benefits. For example, in any brainstorming or problem-solving situation, the greater the diversity of ideas the better. Each individual thus becomes an extremely valuable part of the process. In the wider social context, so-called 'delinquent', 'abnormal' or 'eccentric' behaviour may often now be perceived in a new light as 'appropriate divergence from the norm, leading to increased creativity'. In this way many apparent social problems may actually turn...

Applications of mind maps in teaching

Mind Maps Subject Chemical

Apart from familiarising his or her students with the theory and practice for Mind Mapping, the teacher can use Mind Maps in a number of practical ways to make teaching and learning easier and more enjoyable. One of the most powerful ways to use Mind Maps is as lecture notes. Preparing a lecture in Mind Map form is much faster than writing it out and has the big advantage of allowing the lecturer and the student to keep an overview of the whole subject at all times. A Mind Mapped lecture is...

Special education

Mind Maps Special Education

Mind Maps are particularly useful for helping those with learning disabilities. The Mind Map on page 231 was done by the author in conjunction with a nine-year-old boy we shall call 'Timmy'. Timmy suffered from fairly severe Cerebral Palsy, which meant that his motive functions were significantly impaired. He was considered by many to be ineducable and unintelligent. When spending an afternoon with him surrounded by coloured crayons and blank notepaper, Tony first asked him to say who his...