- Paperback: 217 pages
- Publisher: Pearson Education Ltd; 1 edition (May 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1406647160
- ISBN-13: 978-1406647167
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Buzan amply provides up to date reputable research from cognitive psychology to highlight what works for the brain in cognitive tasks such as remembering, keeping flow and analysing. The mind map, he constantly reminds, is supposed to somewhat mirror what the brain is doing when it associates, remembers... Also, the book practices what he preaches and is filled with colors, both in the text and with colorful and picture rich mind maps. His guidelines are well illustrated. The book also gives light in-chapter exercises so that the point is brought home then and there. It is easy to digest with chapters seldom topping 10 pages.
Here and there, Buzan plugs his iMindmap software but the plugs are localized to that chapter for the most part and not very intrusive.
For me chapters 8, on techniques, and 13 on the note taking process as a whole, including how to attack a book in waves and factoring time IN ADVANCE, were gold mines of good ideas. I wish I had this stuff when I was in school. Would have extracted more from those big textbooks. Buzan reminds us that notes are really conversations between us (what we associate with the material) and the author (what he or she associates). Remembering the material is just one goal of note taking, and analysis (which comes from the structure of the map, for instance) and creativity (in adding our associations to the ideas as well as the author's) also play a role while taking notes. It's a perspective I've seldom heard and which makes sense to me. The book is filled with those insights and not just in the abstract; there are examples everywhere.
My first few mind maps were, as expected, uneven and not following all guidelines but with each one and reskimming paragraphs in those two chapters, the maps improved and got better. Revising existing maps allowed me to commit them better to memory and further pin down what the main ideas I'm building around are.
All in all, I highly recommend this book for people stuck in text land and feeling something missing in how they understand the subject matter they are working with.
Do me a favor real quick. Do a google image search for these 2 terms.
1. concept map
2. mind map
When I see the results of searching concept map, and zoom in on any random map, what I see is legible. I can take away some meaning from the map. When I see the results of searching mind map, its like I'm standing 100 feet over a land fill and looking straight down. It all looks like garbage to me. Mess. Now click on a random "mind map", 9 times out of 10 it still looks like garbage. Its not good for collaboration or future reference if I can't read it.
The last thing I would like you to consider is...
J. Novak (the creator of concept mapping) is a Science Education major.
Buzan is a Psychology major.
A psychology major? No wonder the entire book reads like a sales pitch.
The Mind Map book also tells me in almost every chapter that I need to get some special mind mapping paper or pad. The cool thing about concept mapping is that special pads of paper are not required. Thats right, concept mapping can be done on 99cent pads of paper you get at the grocery store. yaay
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