Definition: The concept of mind maps, or mind mapping, fits well with current thinking which sees the human brain as consisting of thousands of overlapping connections. A mind map is a way of documenting the connections between words, thoughts or ideas - by simply starting in one place with a central concept and drawing links to 5 or 10 related ideas, then adding 5 or 10 related ideas for each of those ideas, and so on.
Mind maps were developed in the late 1960's by Tony Buzan. In the course of his research into note-taking by students in lectures, which found that most information was memorised when students noted down key points. It is supported by research into the role that pictures play in memorising information. Mind maps can also be used for studying from books, creative writing, brainstorming activities and as a presentation aid. The use of computers in designing mind maps has allowed for flexibility to move items around, and ease of sharing maps among groups.
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