Posted by: pkab | 23 January 2008

Magic Tunnel and Mind Mapping


MARIA Beyer and Klaus Marwitz have been running Brain Training and Mind Mapping seminars in Kiel in West Germany for the past three and half years.

An example of their work is Superlearning language courses. Students are introduced to relevant theories about the brain. Because pure theory can be boring, and is only remembered by the weak cognitive part of our perception, Maria says, students are guided through the use of inner training.
“Students imagine they are visitors inside their own head. They start on the left side of the brain. In this room are many figures, letters on the walls, a large clock, and the room is filled with linear furniture.

“In the centre of the room is a magic tunnel, called Corpus Callosum. When the body is relaxed the opening is large. In times of stress the opening gets smaller, which hinders the flow of information. The right side of the room is colourful. Students can see pictures and hear music. They get a chance to experience thc theories behind Mind Mapping and the elements of superlearning and relaxation techniques.

Similarly, the learning of vocabulary is supported by Mind Maps. In a lesson about food and restaurants, for example, students arc encouraged to make Mind Maps of their discoveries. Students are then asked to review them in a wholebrained and associative way with a partner. This gives less talkative students a chance to talk about their Mind Maps with their neighbours, which unblocks their fears about speaking.

Inner-space Mind Maps

“Sometirnes we conduct students through a large inner-space Mind Map. In a lesson about airports, for example, we mentally stroll around the airport. Each branch of thc Mind Map is a new area of the airport,” Maria says.

Maria and Klaus also teach management seminars. Delegates prepare Mind Maps of their speeches on paper the size of a business card. Afterwards students arc encouraged to visualise themselves on a stage or in front of an audience, with the Mind Maps in their minds. They imagine the scene: how they see the audience, how they are seen by the people. They hear themselves speaking, sense how they feel, and what the smells are in the room. This type of training is very successful, Maria says.

“We have also recently created a conference model. Members do Mind Maps of their ideas, and the goals and aims they intend to fulfil. Again they imagine themselves in front of the conference.”At the trainings, delegates’ Mind Maps arc exhibited and “rcad” by other membcrs of the group. This later approach gives delegates a chance to add to thcir Mind Maps, bascd on what they have seen of the neighbour’s work.

Equal opportunities

The advantagcs of this method are the elimination of long, often unsuccessful discussion groups. lt also provides everyone in the group an equal opportunity to contribute.
Maria and Klaus have introduced “thc brain” to West Germany on a wide scale. They teach Mind Mapping and “Superlearning” in most German-speaking countries.

As Maria says: “I can’t express strongly enough that if you use your brain in this way it needs to be served, your thinking ability will grow. Maybe it will some day be said that this is a way to find or develop a new kind of genius.

“We often hear that our seminars have totally changed the learning or working styles of our participants. That’s what happened to me when I discovered Mind Mapping and how to use my brain almost four years ago,” Maria said.

Source: Lern stress-a.de


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