Learn Mind Mapping from Vanda North(Co-founder with Tony Buzan of the Brain Trust & Brain Clubs)Sydney and Melbourne, Australia - March 2001Contact

MindWerx International - Phone (03) 9482 9018 The human brain is very different from a computer. Whereas a computer works in a linear fasion, the brain works associativeiy as well as linearly - comparing, integrating and synthesising as it goes.

Association plays a dominant role in nearly every mental function, and words themselves are no exception. Every single word, and idea has numerous links attaching it to other ideas and concepts.

A good example of a mind map is this index to a set of interviews at (Clicking this link opens a new window)

Mind maps, developed by Tony Buzan are an effective method of note-taking and useful for the generation of ideas by associations. To make a mind map, one starts in the centre of the page with the main idea, and works outward in all directions, producing a growing and organised structure composed of key words and key images. Key features are:

Organisation Key Words Association Clustering

Visual Memory - Print the key words, use color, symbols, icons, 3D-effects,arrows and outlining groups of words

Outstandingness - every Mind Map needs a unique centre Conscious involvement

Mindmaps are beginning to take on the same structure as memory itself. Once a mind map is drawn, it seldom needs to be referred to again. Mind Maps help organise information.

Because of the large amount of association involved, they can be very creative, tending to generate new ideas and associations that have not been thought of before. Every item in a map is in effect, a centre of another map.

The creative potential of a mind map is useful in brainstorming sessions. You only need to start with the basic problem as the centre, and generate associations and ideas from it in order to arrive at a large number of different possible approaches. By presenting your thoughts and perceptions in a spatial manner and by using colour and pictures, a better overview is gained and new connections can be made visible. Mind maps are a way of representing associated thoughts with symbols rather than with extraneous words something like organic chemistry. The mind forms associations almost instantaneously, and "mapping" allows you to write your ideas quicker than expressing them using only words or phrases.

More information is available in a Mind Mapping FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Document.

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