Friday, February 27, 2009

Doodling Can Help Memory

A fascinating fact I just read.  And people wonder why artists doodle at church or in lectures. Well this is why and proof to back it.

- FRIDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- You might look like you're not paying attention when you doodle, but science says otherwise.

Researchers in the United Kingdom found that test subjects who doodled while listening to a recorded message had a 29 percent better recall of the message's details than those who didn't doodle. The findings were published in Applied Cognitive Psychology.

"If someone is doing a boring task, like listening to a dull telephone conversation, they may start to daydream," study researcher Professor Jackie Andrade, of the School of Psychology at the University of Plymouth, said in a news release issued by the journal's publisher. "Daydreaming distracts them from the task, resulting in poorer performance. A simple task, like doodling, may be sufficient to stop daydreaming without affecting performance on the main task."


In everyday life, Andrade said, doodling "may be something we do because it helps to keep us on track with a boring task, rather than being an unnecessary distraction that we should try to resist doing." 

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Rebecca said...

Wow, I love your new blog! Keep up the good work--I showed some of them to Jake and he was like holy crap, I didn't know she was an artist! Hahaha, you are so good! I hope you win the comp!

Sarah Sanchez said...

Thanks! And that's just awesome.

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