A Mind Map is a diagram used to represent concepts, ideas, tasks or other items linked to a central theme. In a Mind Map, the central theme is often illustrated with a graphical image. The ideas related to the main theme radiate in a clockwise direction from that central image as "branches". Topics and ideas of lesser importance are represented as "sub-branches"of their relevant branch.
By presenting the relationships between ideas in a non-linear graphical manner, Mind Mapping encourages a brainstorming approach to the handling and organization of information. Mind Maps have numerous applications both in the education sector, where they are used as an aid to studying and learning, and in the business sector, to facilitate critical thinking, problem solving and decision making.
People have been organizing their thoughts for centuries by drawing graphical "tree-like" representations of their ideas, particularly in the areas of psychology and education. The concept of the modern Mind Map was developed by Tony Buzan, a British psychologist and businessman, who argued that the radial structure of Mind Maps, reinforced by the use of lines, symbols, words, color and images, is much more in line with the brain natural way of processing information than the traditional linear approach. According to the Mind Mapping theory, the use of Mind Maps is therefore not only significantly more conducive to memory retention, but also promotes creativity, organization and analytical skills.
It is of course possible to draw Mind Maps by hand, but using specialized Mind Mapping software such as MindView will greatly increase their potential, resulting in many new applications and additional benefits.