Mind Mapping & Creative Thinking

March 8, 2009

6 Ways to Boost your Brain Power

The Mind Map shown below  is the summary of the lovely article written by Emily Athes and published by Scientific American MIND February 2009. (all rights acknowledged).

I read this article on the train on my way back from spending the day demonstrating Mind Mapping in central London. It is very interesting and thought provoking.

I am particularly interested in the diet, video games and music concepts. I personally would have added another concept: that of humour. There has been a lot of work done on how humour helps boost the well-being and brain power of people who are suffering from mental and physical distress. See the work of Robert Holden for example. I heard saw Robert speak at a conference on mental health and well-being in the workplace.

This link will take you to the full article which I suggest that you read along with my summary Mind Map which is shown below.

The key points from the article as identified by SA on-line are:

  • Scientists are finding that the adult human brain is far more malleable than they once thought. Your behavior and environment can cause substantial rewiring of your brain or a reorganization of its functions.
  • Studies have shown that exercise can improve the brain’s executive skills, which include planning, organizing and multitasking. What you eat can also influence how effectively your brain operates.
  • Activities such as listening to music, playing video games and meditating may boost cognitive performance as well.




  1. Fantastic mind map Tim! Love the central image and the use of color and simple doodles.

    Comment by Matthew Lang — March 9, 2009 @ 9:02 am

  2. Thank you for the lovely comment Matthew: Tony Buzan always makes it clear that the central image or text is so important, I have heard him say this so many times and it is so true. It makes you get into the ‘zone’ to start thinking in the right way and to focus carefully on what you are mapping. The ‘doodles’ are equally important as they help to remind you of the information being included on the map. This map was produced quite quickly from a magazine article which ran over many pages but as you will see could easily be condensed onto one easy to see mind map.
    You may have seen one of my other posts which shows how I use iMindMap and drawings combined. This is very effective. I am not starting to build a directory of my own images which I have had drawn, scanned, manipulated in Photoshop CS and then used in iMindMap, great fun and turns what can sometimes be a very sterile feeling map into something more organic and personal even though it is computer generated.

    Comment by Editor — March 9, 2009 @ 9:17 am

  3. Hi Tim – great Mind Map!!
    Congrats on taking the time to actually Mind Map the article – most people wouldn’t

    Congrats also on becoming a Buzan Licensed Instructor – huge achievement

    I collect Mind Maps and would like to put them up on a website that we have set up to support people interested in Mind Maps http://fuzz2buzz.com/en/mindexchange/browse-grid

    and would be delighted to add you to the BLI list http://fuzz2buzz.com/en/bli-directory



    Comment by Jennifer Goddard — April 8, 2009 @ 12:41 pm

  4. Jennifer,

    Thank you for your comments, I would be delighted too, yes please add me to your list and please add my Mind Map.


    Comment by Editor — April 8, 2009 @ 1:16 pm

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