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Mind Mapping: What It Is, Research
A 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.
The elements of a given mind map are arranged intuitively according to the importance of the concepts, and are classified into groupings, branches, or areas, with the goal of representing semantic or other connections between portions of information. Mind maps may also aid recall of existing memories.
In a mind map, information is structured in a way that mirrors exactly how the brain functions in a radiant rather than linear manner.
A study by Farrand, Hussain and Hennessey (2002) found that mind mapping improved the long-term memory of factual information in medical students by 10 percent.
A study by Holland et al (2003/2004) found mind mapping to be a useful technique for helping students plan and structure their essays and projects more effectively. Students were able to improve the structure, coherence and, consequently, the quality of their written work and were able to draw value from the technique for project managing practical work.
Research by Toi (2009) shows that mind mapping can help children recall words more effectively than using lists, with improvements in memory of up to 32 percent.
Author Tony Buzan suggests using the following guidelines for creating mind maps:
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