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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.
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.
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").
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 .