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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 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