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What is a mind map?

A mind map is a type of visual diagram that consists of a centralized subject and related topics or ideas branching off from it in all directions. From each topic subtopics can again branch off, resulting in a radial structure.

Handdrawn map

Though visual representations of information have been used for thousands of years, the term “mind map” wasn’t around until the 1970s, when it was coined by the English researcher Tony Buzan. Buzan developed the technique out of his own need for a way to deal with the large amounts of information during his time at university. He looked for new and more effective thinking, reading and memorizing techniques, studied psychology and creative thinking, and looked at the notes of the greatest thinkers he could find. Eventually, after first successes with his newly developed technique, he started writing a series of books on the subject. The first edition of “The Mind Map Book” appeared in 1995.

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