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  • Contemplation : meditationCognition : sychological result of perception and learning and reasoning
  • We start in the centre of a blank page; we connect branches to the central image, and connect 2nd & 3rd level branches to the 1st & 2ndso onBranches are curved & tapered rather than straight lines, they are organic & free flowing as opposed to structured & uniformed.
  • When u think of anything, if you think of chair, you have your picture & you have your associations of that.
  • If you don’t have associations, you don’t have connection.If you don’t have connection, you don’t have memory and you don’t have thinking.
  • If all the branches are straight, it is literally rigid, similar, and therefore boring, the brain will very quickly get unhappy with the whole bunch of rigid straight lines. While it gets absorbed, and intrigued by the beauty of a curvilinear.
  • And very simply for example if you are mind mapping and wanted to put MaralNersessian, If you put MaralNersessian, you’ve stuck them together in glue. If you put Nersessian and then Maral, you got the freedom to radiate out, my father, my mother, my brothers,, the history of the name, etc.
  • Ideally the length of the word, should be the length of the branch, for the very simple reason that if this word here is placed next to this word here, and the branch and the word are on the same line, then the meeting point is very close, so the two words, are in space very close, i.e. they’re connected.If you got one little word here on a long branch, and a little word over here on a long branch, then the words are disconnected.
  • Throughout a mind map there should be key words and key images.
  • And if image is easy to do instead of people, you can quickly just draw little stick figures.
  • What are the benefits! Why to use!With examples!


  • 1. Mind mapping
    Maral N. Nersessian
    August 2010
  • 2. Do you need to come up with brilliant ideas?
    Or find inspired solutions to any problem?
  • 3. Tony Buzan is the world’s leading author and top lecturer on brain learning
    He has changed the lives of over 250M people with his revolutionary system of
    Mind Mapping
  • 4. So what is a mind map
  • 5. A mind map is a thinking tool that reflects externally what goes on inside your head
  • 6. The mind map is like a Swiss army knife for the brain, anything I wanted to do in terms of thinking, contemplation, cognition, remembering, creating
    The mind map was the ideal tool for that
  • 7. The mind mapping is straight forward & firm.
  • 8. The brain is radiant, it thinks centrally and explodes out in all directions.
  • 9.
  • 10. The branches of a mind map are a reflection of how the brain thinks
    The brain thinks by imagination & association.
  • 11. The reason why traditional note taking & lists & lines doesn’t work, actually is counterproductive; is because it doesn’t have associations.
  • 12. In a mind map the branches are always curved, curvilinear,
    Reason why: nature is curvilinear.
  • 13. We add one word to each branch
    One of the important
    words in structuring
    a mind map is
    one word per branch.
    Because, if you have one word, that one word with all its associations is free.
    If you are putting them together, you’re making it more rigid.
  • 14. So the single word per line gives you
    much more freedom,
    much more creativity,
    much more clarity.
  • 15. COLORS
    We don’t use colorstraditionally because we are told not to in school.
    All the research says exactly the opposite should be so!
    We love color, and studies in London University show that people who use color and image in their imagination when they are learning and trying to remember, inevitably do better than those who don’t.
  • 16. We use images throughout..
  • 17.
  • 18.
  • 19. The image is a picture, the picture is worth a thousand words.
  • 20. Another important point about
    the use of images,
    the use of associations
    is that ;
    All the great geniuses did that, so if you start to use associations, you start to use images, externally, you will join the pantheon of the great geniuses like Leonardo Da Vinci…
  • 21. Da Vinci
    Did It !
  • 22. Darwin
    Did It !
  • 23. Beethoven
    Did It !
  • 24. Every genius used image & associations, and a mind map is the process by which you can do that.
    It’s a genius tool!
  • 25. Mind maps can be used for
    problem solving
    outline/framework design
    anonymous collaboration
    marriage of words and visuals
    individual expression of creativity
    condensing material into a concise and memorable format
    team building or synergy creating activity
    enhancing work morale
  • 26.  Use the following guidelines for creating Mind Maps
    Start in the centrewith 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.
    Each word/image is best alone and sitting on its own line.
    The lines should be connected, starting from the central image. The central lines are thicker, organic and flowing, becoming thinner as they radiate out from the centre.
    Make the lines the same length as the word/image they support.
    Use emphasis and show associationsin your Mind Map.
  • 27.
  • 28. This presentation is a transfer of
    Tony Buzan’s mind mapping video
    (taken from Buzan’syoutube portal)
    to the form of slides.