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May 29, 2011

Study shows key benefits of mind mapping

A study entitled " Influence of mind maps in the form of being and thinking " has been published (in Spanish) in the  Ibero-American Journal of Education. The authors,  Antonio Ontoria Peña, Juan Manuel Muñoz González and Ana Molina Rubio are professors from the Faculty of Education at the University of Cordoba, Spain.

The approach

This very interesting study contemplates mind mapping as "a new learning approach" based on the investigations of various thinkers :
Howard Gardner and his " 5 minds for the future " theory. The 5 minds for the future as set out by Gardner are:
  • The Disciplined Mind;
  • The Synthesising Mind;
  • The Creating Mind;
  • The Respectful Mind; and
  • The Ethical Mind.
- Edward Tufte and the role of information visualization

- Roger Sperry and the lateralization of brain function

- Paul MacLean and the triune brain

Objective and study method

The aim of this study was to discover the impact of mind mapping on the learning skills of 140 students at the University of Cordoba between 2006 and 2008. The research used approved methods of results analysis. The students, who before never had used mind mapping, have created a total of 1200 individual mind maps and 125 team mind maps.

Conclusions
According to this study, mind mapping enhance mainly two categories of abilities: Cognitive Abilities and Social Abilities.
Among the cognitive abilities improved by mind mapping, the authors distinguish comprehension, information organization and capacity of reflection. In the field of social abilities, the study underlines the positive impact of mind mapping on self-esteem and knowledge socialization.

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