Mind Mapping

by Gillian Burn

Using your brain

It is only in recent years that scientists have begun to discover the true potential of the brain. By learning more about your own brain, you can discover the unique capabilities of your mind.

Tony Buzan

The philosophy of Mind Mapping® complements the cognitive processes within the brain and is compatible with how your brain works. Mind maps help to provide a basis for making associations, using repetition and linking information to help aid memory and recall.

A great deal of research has been undertaken on the structure of the brain. Your brain is made up of over one million million brain cells or neurons. It is the connections between brain cells which underpin the development of intelligence. The more you learn new skills, the more you develop new connections and neural pathways. As you learn new skills, the muscle memory of the brain is enhanced – the saying ‘use it or lose it’ is very true when it comes to enhancing and developing brain function. It is estimated, however, that people only use a small percentage of the potential of their brain.

Use Your Head was described as the first ‘operations manual for the brain’ designed to help you understand your own ‘super-bio computer’, to nurture and care for it, and to unleash the natural and extraordinary range of mental skills you possess.

Tony Buzan

The outer area of the brain is called the cerebral cortex, each side being responsible for separate intellectual functions. The left side of the brain primarily handles logic, language, number, sequence, analysis and lists, while the right side of the brain deals with rhythm, colour, imagination, day dreaming, and spatial relationships. Mind Mapping uses the full range of the brain’s abilities, encouraging use of both sides of the brain and thus helping with academic and creative success:

Left Right
  • Logic
  • Language
  • Lists – linearity
  • Sequences
  • Numbers
  • Analysis
  • Rhythm
  • Imagination
  • Daydreaming
  • Colour
  • Music
  • Images and dimension

A mind map takes information from the left side of our brain (for example, lists, linear information, facts and figures) and creates it into a colourful picture that is easier for the brain to remember, recall and process.

The more you learn/gather new data in an integrated, radiating, organised manner, the easier it is to learn more.

Tony Buzan