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Hand-drawn and computer-drawn variations of a mind map.
The human brain is very different from a computer. Whereas a computer works in a linear fashion, the brain works associatively as well as linearly - comparing, integrating and synthesizing as it goes.Association plays a dominant role in nearly every mental function, and words themselves are no exception. Every single word, and idea has numerous links attaching it to other ideas and concepts.
Do you think in words or pictures, or both? Visual thinking engages the part of the brain that handles visual processing, and is said to be both "emotional and creative" so you can "organise information in an intuitive and simultaneous way".
Visual thinking , also called visual/spatial learning , picture thinking , or right brained learning , is the phenomenon of thinking through visual processing . Visual thinking uses the part of the brain that is emotional and creative, to organize information in an intuitive and simultaneous way. [ citation needed ]
Photo by Ken Yeung