Education technology is growing and evolving. We are rapidly building the intelligence age from the information age. We’ve begun building awareness for what makes us the intellectual and extraordinary beings that we are.
One of the most enlightening concepts that has touched my existence as someone that’s waking up from the complete takeover of my daily automatic response is discovering that my mind has ‘mapped out’ reality. It’s put together a system of interpretations and responses on how the world works and how I should behave in the world.
An even bigger epiphany was in the realization is that my maps are not the territory.
But, more on that another time. I want to discuss your mental maps and how you can make them physical through methods like concept mapping and mind mapping.
Let’s start off with mental maps. Everyone has models of reality. These models are made up of our theories of the world and are built through the scaffolding of cultural influences, media, experience, and modern education. Although, they are meant to guide us just as physical maps do, they can often be distorted.
You and I and everybody else bring these maps with them every where they go. We often view our maps as complete and correct, which in turn only solidify their usage. But, what happens to the brash American from the deep woods of the south when he arrives in Japan?
His loud and narrow minded views would surely be cause for alarm in a foreign land where the map differs significantly. That’s just a ‘map’ of behaviors, too.
Do you think an amateur golfers mental map of how he plays differs from someone like Tiger Woods? Just food for thought.
Before I get into physical maps, check out this video on how your mental maps and information processing coexist.
If you want to improve your mental maps, it’s time to discover what they consist of and how it affects your operations.
The language of the brain is primarily in images. Symbolism is a crux in humanity. The cross, the skull, Santa… All of these invoke images that you can put words to. They stimulate our emotions and guide behaviors.
I want to suggest to you that an image in the brain is a lot like a compressed file in a computer hard drive. I know we aren’t computers, but bare with me. These information packets can include data that’s readable, encrypted, and sometimes even work like executable programs. When transferred to our Short Term or Working Memory systems, they cause all kinds of actions in us.
So how can we manipulate the maps?
We can run the programs, observe our actions, and tweak the code to have different outcomes. Another great way would be to physically map out different topics.
Mind maps and concept maps are especially powerful. They also have many more advantages than just finding out what your different maps consist of. They double as study tools, mnemonic devices, creativity explorers, memory builders, and problem solvers.
Mind maps give you the ability to completely organize subjects and ‘unzip’ information that’s been compressed into the images your brain uses. They allow you to create new connections that you weren’t able see before.
Here’s an article I found on Mind Mapping that you can greatly benefit from.
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