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Buzan Online has responded to criticism of a lack of academic studies showing the efficacy of mindmapping with a list of references on this page . None of the papers are linked to there, it's just a plain text list (Why Mr. Buzan?
So why do Mind Maps work? Can't I just stick to my lists and my conventional tried and tested techniques? In a Mind Map, information is structured in a way that mirrors exactly how the brain functions - in a radiant rather than linear manner. A Mind Map literally 'maps' out your thoughts, using associations, connections and triggers to stimulate further ideas.
Technical Report IHMC CmapTools 2006-01 Rev 2008-01 (click here for a printable PDF version: small filesize (998K) or high quality 6.6MB) )