Posted by: wordsmithsuk | May 10, 2010

Two brains – two kinds of skills to use in Mind Mapping

An interesting aspect of Mind Maps is that they make use of the whole brain. This is in contrast to most forms of note-taking, which tend to rely solely on left-brain (analytical) skills.

Seen from above, the cortex (or outer part) of the human brain looks just like the two halves of a walnut. These left and right hemispheres are joined in the centre by a thick nerve cable called the corpus collosum.
• The left side is good at putting ideas into words. It also analyses, counts and uses reason to draw conclusions.
• The right side is not quite so concerned with words. It sees things in terms of colourful ‘mind’s eye’ pictures, metaphors and symbols.
This illustration summarises the skills and concepts associated with each side of the brain. The picture we get is that the left side is about maths, order and logic and the right side is about art, music and intuition. But, of course, it’s not as simple as that. Recent research has discovered that the demarcation between the two halves is not so clear as was once imagined. Although the right seems more concerned with the non-verbal mode and the left with the verbal mode, each hemisphere is perfectly capable of performing the other’s functions when it has to.

These are the aspects of Mind Maps which appeal to the left side of the brain:
• They are ordered and rational
• They allow analysis – the creator or reader can see how an idea can be broken down logically
• They use key words to express facts or concepts
• They allow the creator to think in terms of linked ideas
• They allow individual facts or ideas to be grouped.

These are the aspects of Mind Maps that appeal to the right side of the brain:
• They use colour and pictures
• They can incorporate perspective
• They allow the creator or the reader to see the whole picture
• They help the creator (and anyone else) to see the relationships between things
• They use symbols and metaphors
• They are fun to make and attractive to look at.

Thus, Mind Mapping harnesses the special abilities of both the left and the right sides of your brain. As your intuitive, creative powers and your logical, analytical skills start to develop and work in tandem with each other, you may begin to notice changes in other parts of your life. You may find that your memory improves, that your mind can grasp and analyse ideas faster or that you can think quickly of more creative solutions to problems. And who knows where these kinds of changes might lead?
This may be the right point to issue a health warning about Mind Maps. Handle with care – they can transform your life forever!

How has MInd Mapping helped you to think, plan, organise and analyse facts and ideas and recall important data? Send us your Mind Maps and we’ll include them in our Mind Map gallery.



  1. I personally love mind mapping and during the years of usage i convinced myself that it actually helps be more productive. The best thing about mind maps is that they provide me with full excitement while finishing the all day planning and bring control, visualization and fun to complicated and confusing information.

    My company has developed Seavus DropMind™ ( and I simply love it. It gives an opportunity to choose whether to work with the desktop tool or the online application and it offers a powerful set of features.

    People are sharing their created mind maps and you can review them here:

    I would love to hear your feedback.

    Have a great day,

  2. Thanks for your comment Natalija. I agree that Mind Maps help us to be more productive. They boost confidence as well and make work so much more satisfying and fun!

    I notice that your company has started a new group on LinkedIn. I’ll drop in and have a chat and find out all about it!


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