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Principles of Mind Mapping


Basic principles of the Mind Map

The Mind Map has four essential characteristics:

• The main topic of the Mind Map is summarized as a central image, word or phrase.
• The main themes of the subject radiate from the central image as branches.
• Branches comprise of a key word, image or topic presented on an associated line – they divide out into further higher level sub branches.
• The branches and sub-branches form a connected structure.

To aid the process of memory and recall, a Mind Map makes use of:
• Color - this is used to differentiate areas of the Mind Map.
• Visual images - these are used throughout to illustrate different themes and topics.

Advantages of using Mind Maps to record information and ideas:
Compared with linear methods of taking notes and recording ideas Mind Maps have the following advantages:
• They allow a large number of complex ideas to be compressed into a single page.
• Mind Maps are created in an organic and flexible way - links can be drawn between any items or sections. New ideas can be added in any direction, so theyare good for brainstorming.
• Because it mirrors the way in which the brain works and incorporates colour, visual images and compressed ideas, a Mind Map is much easier to memories and recall than a linear list.