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  • 1.  
  • 2.
    • Contents
    • 1 Characteristics
    • 2 Mind map guidelines
    • 3 History
    • 4 Uses
    • 5 Effectiveness in learning
    • 6 Tools
    • 7 Trademarks
  • 3. 1 Characteristics
    • Mind maps are, by definition, a graphical method of taking notes.
  • 4. 2 Mind map guidelines
    • In his books on Mind Maps author  Tony Buzan  suggests using 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.
    • 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 multiple colors throughout the Mind Map, for visual stimulation and also to encode or group.
    • 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, numerical order or outlines to embrace your branches.
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    •   mind map is a  diagram  used to represent  words ,  ideas , tasks, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea. Mind maps are used to  generate ,  visualize ,  structure , and  classify  ideas, and as an aid to  studying  and organizing  information,  solving problems ,  making decisions , and writing.
  • 7. History
    • Pictorial methods for recording knowledge and modelling systems have been used for centuries in learning,  brainstorming , memory,  visual thinking , and  problem solving  by educators, engineers, psychologists, and others. Some of the earliest examples of such graphical records were developed by  Porphyry of Tyros , a noted thinker of the 3rd century, as he graphically visualized the concept categories of  Aristotle . Philosopher  Ramon Llull  (1235–1315) also used such techniques.
  • 8. 5 Effectiveness in learning
    • Buzan claims that the mind map is a vastly superior note taking method because it does not lead to a "semi-hypnotic trance" state induced by other note forms. Buzan also argues that the mind map uses the full range of left and right human cortical skills, balances the brain, taps into the alleged "99% of your  unused mental potential ", as well as intuition  (which he calls "superlogic"). 
  • 9. 6 Tools
    • Mind mapping software  can be used effectively to organize large amounts of information, combining  spatial  organization, dynamic hierarchical structuring and node folding. 
  • 10. 7. Trademarks
    • Psychologist  Edward Tolman  is credited with the creation of cognitive mapping.The use of the term "Mind Maps" is claimed as a trademark by The Buzan Organisation, Ltd. in the  United Kingdom  and the  United States .