The branches of a mind map are a reflection of how the brain thinks The brain thinks by imagination & association.
The reason why traditional note taking & lists & lines doesn’t work, actually is counterproductive; is because it doesn’t have associations.
In a mind map the branches are always curved, curvilinear, Reason why: nature is curvilinear.
We add one word to each branch One of the important words in structuring a mind map is one word per branch. Why? 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.
So the single word per line gives you much more freedom, much more creativity, much more clarity.
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.
The image is a picture, the picture is worth a thousand words.
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…
Every genius used image & associations, and a mind map is the process by which you can do that. It’s a genius tool!
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
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.