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Mapping the brain. The mental map (mindmap) is a technique developed by psycholo
gist Tony Buzan in the early 70s. Its goal is to help organize projects in a few
minutes, stimulate creativity, overcome the obstacles of writing and provide an
effective method for the production and exchange of ideas. This technique (Mind
maping) takes into account how our brain receives, processes and stores informat
ion, resulting in a visual image that enhances our ability to extract, record an
d store information easily. Mind maps are also traditionally known as:

"Maps of words." "Maps of ideas." Clusters - grouping, bunch. "Semantic networks

Often used the terms "mental map", "concept map" and "semantic network" but bein
g standard techniques, each of them has a formal definition to clarify its featu
res and scope. There are different techniques, each with different capabilities,
scope and uses. Compared with concept maps, mind maps have the advantage of sim
plicity of form, which can perform some specific tasks faster, but from the stan
dpoint of efficiency, its benefits are smaller, and as a tool for the study and
development, the mental map also presents, as we shall see, some drawbacks:
"Graphical representation of a comprehensive process that facilitates making eff
ective notes and reviews. Lets unify and integrate separate concepts to analyze
and synthesize them, sequentially, in a growing and organized structure composed
of a set of images, colors and words, integrated linear ways of thinking and sp
atial. " Zoraida Forestry, Beyond education, 1996, Editorial Galac, p. 217.

"I must create a system or be a slave of another man's" William Blake (1752-1827
)Although our mind works differently, we have all learned to outline the informat

ion under the shade of a linear system. Radiant thinking and theories of Tony Bu
zan advocate a system similar to the way in which Web information structure, ie
from pages (IDEAS) centered on a concept that bind to other forming a network of
ideas or flows of thought.
Radiant thinking is an ability to multi-perception that has the human brain to p
rocess different information simultaneously. It is the natural form and virtuall
y automatic that has always operated the human brain.

Our brain (repository of knowledge), works in a linear associative addition, com paring, integrating and synthesizing, is ready to combine all we know, that is, everything we have learned, with the new information we acquire in any learning process. The overall functioning of the brain in learning and thinking activity is connected with the "idea of the whole" in the construction of knowledge. Mind Maps are a new technique / strategy designed to implement this approach to lear ning - The basis for developing mental maps is in radiant thinking which is to e stablish multiple relationships between concepts or ideas branching from a centr al core . "They are the technique that best fits your brain works to achieve gre ater performance, through the stimulation of thought radiating through the use o f images, symbols, color and word. "Mind maps are a guarantee for the developmen t of mental abilities. -Facilitate the development of self-esteem and cooperatio n among the students, and make the learning process a stimulating, entertaining and effective in its results. For us it is easier to evoke these new concepts, i deas, partnerships and processes, mind maps are a good alternative because it is non-linear graphs. They have nothing to do with concept maps, a result also of linear thinking. If concept maps work with a multitude of ideas, mind maps are f ocused on one idea, from which radiate a number of branches that have to do with that central idea. In this process of integration of acquired knowledge and we intend to acquire, mind maps allow us to organize a theme so that we can

achieve deeper learning, with less effort. The development work contributes to t he retention of the subject matter,€and becomes a useful tool for preparing exam inations and to review them at one time learned in many of the daily activities of the process of continuous learning. By the mental maps we can address these a ctivities with a new approach, putting the ideas into a structure that will tran slate concepts into perspective, analyze relationships and set priorities. It is an effective method for the generation of ideas by association. On many occasio ns, we face the process of learning complex ideas, which in many cases we trasmi tir.Los mental maps we facilitate the work, just to be an ideal tool both for ta king notes as to translate the ideas in a meeting , class, conference or brainst orming been put on the table. The secret of this technique is to think in terms of keywords or symbols that represent ideas. It begins in the middle of a page w ith the main idea, and work outward in all directions, in the sense of clockwise . Creating an organized structure consisting of key words and images that consti tute the branches of the map (Basic Organizing Ideas - IOB-)

I.O.B. (T. Buzan *, pag. 76, 77):

The human brain is able to establish an infinite number of associations. Mental maps get more complex if each one of the top ten key ideas we associate more con cepts derived from them. They are, therefore, a pedagogical and didactic very us eful to organize, sort and categorize the information you know about a topic

determined. As a mnemonic device can be very useful for the student to organize and classify grammatical structures, concepts, vocabulary, etc. he has learned, even serving as a technique of self-assessment, and that will help you become aw are of what he knows and what not. Release our students from the tyranny of the organization in advance of content that occurs when trying to follow "at the bot tom of the letter", allowing the full development of their mental capacities, st imulating the expression in all its facets, awakening your imagination, developi ng their skills of synthesis and analysis and contribute to a better use of time , in short, is a method to capture on paper the natural process of thought. Idea lly, start planning with traditional tools, colored pencils and paper, while tod ay there are many tools that help us both in the preparation of such as publicat ion and distribution, which will look in a specific . At the time of establishin g guidelines in the mental mapping, serve as a reference to this proposal, altho ugh the ideal is that each one is able to shape their own development process: 1 - Baseline. Dispose of paper or page, if we use tools, large enough so that the space is not a problem in being creative and translating ideas that pass throug h our minds. Always write the keyword or symbol in the middle, surrounding it wi th some way that makes highlight. At this point, start quickly and without stopp ing to analyze the work, writing key words around the circle in the direction of clockwise, surround them and unite them with another symbol to the word or symb ol by arrows original central ( forms, color) that originate from the central id ea. Once completed, stopping to check and correct the result.

--2 - Shaping our map. Think of the possible relationships of items external to th

e core items, linking concepts to words to clarify the relationship. Use differe nt types of arrows, colors, etc.. Pondering the results and edit the content by deleting or relocating Concepts, Words and ideas, if necessary.

3 - Complete our map. Go freely adding other key words and ideas, combining the concepts to expand our map so radiant. Continue to develop relationships and med itation, so that if necessary, expand the map in time.

-Upon completion of the map, have tools that allow us to "go clean the map," whic
h undoubtedly will give us an opportunity to improve it.

ACTIVITIES THAT CAN BE USED IN THE MENTAL MAP. Personal agenda planning, profess ional, school. Conferences. Workshops. Distribution activities. Research. Taking notes and memos. Summarize information. Prepare materials. Troubleshooting. Pla nning. Study. Jobs. Presentations. Brainstorming. Distribution of tasks.


1.€Where the purpose is to represent knowledge, relationships between ideas are not usually defined, are implicit, all alike, which robs the mind map the most i mportant information. 2. The absence of relation types and inhibits interactivit y reduces reflection. 3. His typical pattern has a central idea and subordinate ideas only, but this scheme is false in knowledge representation in any subject area because they may miss important values. 4. The resulting tree is not easily modified over time, because it is impossible to predict the growth of each bran ch. 5. Some believe that the creativity of the user's mental map is limited and very small with respect to which can be expressed in concept maps and even more with regard to semantic networks. 6. A mind map helps to memorize, but not neces sarily understanding. 7. Others think that mental maps are not adequate to repre sent nature and life events. 8. It is not allowed the connection of ideas betwee n different branches, which limits interactions. 9. The branches are always subj ective and open to endless discussions and criticisms. SOME ADVANTAGES OF THE ME NTAL MAP OF THE WEB AND COLLECTED BY VARIOUS AUTHORS.

1. Require a hierarchy of ideas. By forcing the hierarchy, they help the strict differentiation of the areas. 2. Assist in communication from lists. 3. Maps are suitable for constructing active sites. 4. They can be used to plan writing and to identify its contents. 5. They help store, through the categorization of ide as and customization of the symbols of concepts (by changing the geometry of sym bols, colors defining the funds, to the texts, etc.)..

Mental maps and computer applications with almost every tool analyzed the user c

Start mapping of a template, to avoid possible initial confusion. Sort ideas, as signing minded a "kind of idea", and each type of idea a particular visual appea rance. Represent specific ideas with images of any type or size, including anima ted GIF. Assign external documents (texts, images, multimedia) to any idea, to d eepen their understanding or development. Connect a mind map with another. Conne ct ideas to URLs. Write text or imported. Save and open maps on websites. Skip t he map mental map concept map (and vice versa) without loss of data or informati on. Export the map to a text. Export the map to an image file. Email it directly or indirectly. Attach external programs to ideas. and etc.

Manuel Perez Herrera manuel@jnc.es

or http://usuarios.iponet.es/casinada/21vmap.htm # anchor1 or http://www.iss.stt homas.edu/studyguides/espanol/mapping.htm or http://usuarios.iponet.es/casinada / 21vmap.htm

• Ramana Rao
or http://usuarios.iponet.es/casinada/00mapam.htm

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