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Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. May Learn how and when to remove this template message Although the term "mind map" was first popularized by British popular psychology author and television personality Tony Buzanthe use of diagrams that visually "map" information using branching and radial maps traces back centuries.
These pictorial methods record knowledge and model systems, and have a long history in learning, brainstormingmemoryvisual thinkingand problem solving by educators, engineers, psychologists, and others.
Some of the earliest examples of such graphical records were developed by Porphyry of Tyrosa noted thinker of the 3rd century, as he graphically visualized the concept categories of Aristotle.
Philosopher Ramon Llull — also used such techniques. The semantic network was developed in the late s as a theory to understand human learning and developed further by Allan M.
Ross Quillian during the early s. Mind maps are similar in radial structure to concept mapsdeveloped by learning experts in the s, but differ in that the former are simplified by focusing around a single central key concept.
Popularisation of the term "mind map"[ edit ] Buzan's specific approach, and the introduction of the term "mind map", arose during a BBC TV series he hosted, called Use Your Head. He argues that while "traditional" outlines force readers to scan left to right and top to bottom, readers actually tend to scan the entire page in a non-linear fashion.
Buzan's treatment also uses then-popular assumptions about the functions of cerebral hemispheres in order to explain the claimed increased effectiveness of mind mapping over other forms of note making.
Mind map guidelines[ edit ] Buzan suggests the following guidelines for creating mind maps: Start in the center with an image of the topic, using at least 3 colors. Use images, symbols, codes, and dimensions throughout your mind map. Select key words and print using upper or lower case letters.
The lines should be connected, starting from the central image. The lines become thinner as they radiate out from the center.
Use multiple colors throughout the mind map, for visual stimulation and also for encoding or grouping. Develop your own personal style of mind mapping.
Use emphasis and show associations in your mind map. Keep the mind map clear by using radial hierarchy or outlines to embrace your branches.
Uses[ edit ] Rough mindmap notes taken during a course session As with other diagramming tools, mind maps can be used to generatevisualizestructureand classify ideas, and as an aid to studying  and organizing information, solving problemsmaking decisionsand writing.
Mind maps have many applications in personal, family, educationaland business situations, including notetakingbrainstorming wherein ideas are inserted into the map radially around the center node, without the implicit prioritization that comes from hierarchy or sequential arrangements, and wherein grouping and organizing is reserved for later stagessummarizing, as a mnemonic techniqueor to sort out a complicated idea.
Mind maps are also promoted as a way to collaborate in color pen creativity sessions. In addition to these direct use cases, data retrieved from mind maps can be used to enhance several other applications; for instance expert search systemssearch engines and search and tag query recommender.
Mind maps differ from concept maps in that mind maps focus on only one word or idea, whereas concept maps connect multiple words or ideas. Mind maps are based on radial hierarchies and tree structures denoting relationships with a central governing concept, whereas concept maps are based on connections between concepts in more diverse patterns.
However, either can be part of a larger personal knowledge base system. There is no rigorous right or wrong with mind maps, relying on the arbitrariness of mnemonic systems. A UML diagram or a semantic network has structured elements modelling relationships, with lines connecting objects to indicate relationship.
This is generally done in black and white with a clear and agreed iconography. Mind maps serve a different purpose: Mind maps are collections of words structured by the mental context of the author with visual mnemonics, and, through the use of colour, icons and visual links, are informal and necessary to the proper functioning of the mind map.
A meta study about concept mapping concluded that concept mapping is more effective than "reading text passages, attending lectures, and participating in class discussions".
However, results were inconsistent, with the authors noting "significant heterogeneity was found in most subsets". In addition, they concluded that low-ability students may benefit more from mind mapping than high-ability students.
Features of mind maps[ edit ] Joeran Beel and Stefan Langer conducted a comprehensive analysis of the content of mind maps. However, there were exceptions. The study also showed that between different mind mapping applications Docear vs MindMeister significant differences exist related to how users create mind maps.(Informally Published or Self-archived Work, Manual, p.
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