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Benefits of using mind maps

Reason for using mind maps. Aka what makes mind maps so useful

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Visual approach

Visual approach

Quick to grasp. Radiant versus Linear information layout. Almost 50% of our brain is involved in visual processing.

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Better retention

Better retention

When entities are categorized visually, they stay categorized in the memory, and hence easy to remember, for a much longer time. Our brain connects the visual, keyword-rich, succinct representations to many more items in the long-term memory (LTS). This helps in long-term associations being formed and retained.

2

Condensed information

Condensed information

Written sentences contain a lot of fluff--conjunctions, pronouns, prepositions, and so on. Mind maps contain just that bit of relevant information, rather keywords, that one needs to read.

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Higher engagement

Higher engagement

Color visuals increase the willingness to read by 80%. We suffer from information overload and we subconsciously train ourselves to scan for engaging content.

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Easy understanding across languages

Easy understanding across languages

Keywords are understood across locales. Many non-English speaking professionals are aware of the primary keywords in their domain. This enhances the reach of mind maps much more. Even those who want it localized can get an almost accurate version via machine translation.

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