Research-Backed Benefits of Mind Mapping

If you’ve ever built a mind map, you might have experienced some of the benefits of the exercise. Maybe the visual nature of a mind map helped you recall information better. Maybe the simplicity of mind mapping allowed you to capture your ideas more quickly.

There are various websites such as that provide you with an online mind mapping tool.

We looked at a variety of surveys and research studies to find the seven biggest benefits of mind mapping. According to research, mind mapping improves learning, information recall, productivity, creativity, and more.  

 It Enables Meaningful Learning

Researchers define three levels of learning:

Non-learning is used to describe a state where there’s no measurable difference between a student’s knowledge before and after being taught new material.

Rote learning is used to describe when new knowledge is learned but not connected to any existing knowledge a student has on the subject.

Meaningful learning is used to describe when students have acquired new knowledge and have connected that new knowledge to knowledge they already had.

The researchers define meaningful learning as change, which is “a consequence of the integration of new material and the prior knowledge structure.”

The researchers assert that mind mapping helps to create this meaningful learning because it forces students to find connections between new learnings and existing knowledge.

By mapping disparate pieces of knowledge around a central topic, students can form connections between what they already know and what they’ve just learned, an exercise that leads to meaningful learning.