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Mind Maps. Aki Takamoto. Mind Maps. What is a Mind Map Where are Mind Maps From? Mind Maps and Radiant Thinking A New Way to Think Making your own Mind Maps. What is a Mind Map?. The Mind Map is a visual presentation of your perceptual and thinking process.

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Mind maps

Mind Maps

Aki Takamoto


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Mind Maps

  • What is a Mind Map

  • Where are Mind Maps From?

  • Mind Maps and Radiant Thinking

  • A New Way to Think

  • Making your own Mind Maps


What is a mind map

What is a Mind Map?

  • The Mind Map is a visual presentation of your perceptual and thinking process.

  • It fully utilizes key visuals and key words.

  • It can serve many purposes:

    • Note-Taking

    • Summarizing

    • Memorizing

    • Communication

    • Problem Solving and analysis and creative thinking.


Where are mind maps from

Where are Mind Maps From?

  • Tony Buzan is attributed as the inventor and developer of the Mind Map approach.

  • Tony explains that, “The Mind Map is the external expression of Radiant Thinking” in his book:

    • “The Mind Map Book”.

    • See The Summary of Mind Map Laws CLICK HERE


Mind maps and radiant thinking

Mind Maps and Radiant Thinking

  • Radiant Thinking (from ‘to radiate’, meaning ‘to spread or move in all directions from a given center’) refers to associate thought processes that proceed from or connect to a central point.

  • The other meanings of ‘radiant’ are also relevant: ‘shining brightly’, ‘the look of bright eyes beaming with joy and hope’ and ‘the focal point of a meteoric shower’ – similar to the ‘burst of thought’.


A mind map

A Mind Map


A new way to think

A New Way to Think

  • How do we gain access to this exciting new way of thinking?

    • A mind map always radiates from a central image.

    • Every word and image becomes in itself a sub center of association

    • The WHOLE proceeding in a potentially infinite chain of branching patterns away from or towards the common center.


Making your own mind maps

Making your own Mind Maps

  • Use Dimension in Images

    • Dimension make things stand out

    • Therefore dimension makes things easily remembered and communicated.

    • Thus, the most important elements in your Mind Maps can be emphasized by being drawn or written in 3 dimensions.


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Making your own Mind Maps

  • Use Variations of size

    • Variation of size is the best way of indicating the relative importance of items in a hierarchy.

    • Expanded size adds emphasis…thereby increasing the probability of recall!


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Making your own Mind Maps

  • Use organised spacing

    • Organised spacing increases the clarity of your image.

    • It helps in the use of hierarchy and categorisation.

    • It leaves the mind map ‘open’ to additions.

    • It is more aesthetically pleasing.


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Making your own Mind Maps

  • Use Appropriate Spacing

    • Leaving the right amount of space around each item gives your mind map order and structure.

    • The SPACE can be as important as the items themselves.


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Making your own Mind Maps

  • Use Codes

    • Codes enable you to make instant connections between different parts of your mind Map.

    • However far apart those parts may be on the page.

    • The codes can be ticks, crosses, underlines, or more elaborate…

    • Codes also save time:

      • They can represent people, projects, elements or processes that frequently recur.

    • Codes re-inforce and enhance categorisation and hierarchy through the simple use of colors, symbols and shapes.


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Making your own Mind Maps

  • Make Central Lines thicker and Organic

    • Through emphasis, thick lines immediately signal to your brain ***IMPORTANT***

    • As you create and explore a mind map, you may find outer or peripheral ideas are more important than what were the central ones.

    • You can in these cases thicken the outer lines to add emphasis!

    • Organic, Curved lines add more visual interest


Organic map of a weed

Organic Map….of a weed???


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