The benefits of mind mapping
Today, I’m back with a new post. I will present the advantages of using mind maps over concept maps.
A mind map example: guidelines
There are plenty of information mapping techniques. However, I chose to consider only 2 sort of them which are often seen as rivals : concept maps and mind maps.
Both techniques can be used by engineers, educators, technical writers, psychologist to organize knowledge.
More precisely, the former are used to structure knowledge by using link between words or phrases (mainly by engineers). They exhibit a hierarchical structure.
A concept map
… where the latter can be considered as spider diagrams (such diagrams are an extension to Vienn-Peirce diagrams and Euler circles which “express constraints on sets and their relationships with other sets”) and are used mainly for brainstorming and visual thinking.
An handmade mind map
So what is exactly the difference? Actually both techniques are similar in radial structure but differ in that the latter are simplified by focusing around a single central key concept. That’s the point.
Rigorous vs creative
In one hand, concept mapping is rather advantaging logical thinking and tend to be precise and verifiable. In the other hand, mind mapping equally combine logical thinking with creativity in that they are more personal and stimulating.
Both techniques improves comprehension and memorization.
Mind mapping exhibits specific benefits which don’t always exist in concept mapping:
- extensive use of icons and visual metaphors
- studying easier
- better memorization
- Improves contribution in teamwork
- easy to use
- better thinking
- deeper understanding
- excellent overview
- whole picture
- understanding of connections
- Avoid to post review and structure ideas in note taking
- clarity and conciseness
As you may conclude, such approach is useful for:
- essay planing
- solving problems
- generating creative ideas
- creating presentations
I hope you found this technique useful and will use it in a near future.
If so, there are several software which can help to to create such mind maps.