Mind maps are a perfect tool for orginizing a lot of information on a single sheet of paper. An entire book can be summarized in such a way, enabling the user to recall only the basic things later, without paying too much attention to details. This is the main point. Our brain likes to remember only key ideas and key words.
However, let us mention the ingenious inventor of mind maps – Tony Buzan. Born in 1942 in London, Tony Buzan graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1964 with a double Honours degree in Psychology, English, Maths and General Sciences.
Having been interested in the field of pragmatic psychology, and, particularly, in the way our brain functions, Tony Buzan has been focused on and developed many theses on our intellectual and creative abilities.
In addition to books ” How to Mind Map: The Thinking Tool That Will Change Your Life “, “Speed Reading”, ” Make the Most of Your Mind “, and many, many others, his best-selling book ” Use Both Sides of Your Brain” has been sold in a million copies.
Tony Buzan and his co-authors have enabled millions of people around the world to use their minds more efficiently. Drawing mind maps is a powerful graphic technique that increases the potential of our mind. Sketching these maps can be applied in every aspect of our lives in order to improve learning or clearly define goals that challenge us.
Why are mind maps so useful? First of all, they contain elements that are interesting both to the left and the right hemisphere of our brain. The left hemisphere, or logical hemisphere, is engaged in analysis, numbers, linearity, words, logic and lists. The right, or the creative hemisphere, is responsible for the synthesis, spatial perception, colors, rhythm, imagination and daydreaming.
When the work of both the left and right hemisphere of the brain unite, our mind can function a hundred times better! Mind maps contain elements that keep the attention both to the left and the right brain hemisphere, and we are able to remember information more easily and effectively by watching lots of colors, images and associations. Also, mind maps define key terms clearly, separating the important from the unimportant, which allows us not to waste time on irrelevant details.