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Friday 18-June-10

Thinking about doodles

Do you doodle? I do. I'll just draw shapes as I listen and think. Sometimes they are unconnected with what is going on -- just geometric shapes, mostly -- and sometimes about things in the back of my mind. I don't think any of it would excite Freud but I sometimes wonder about its value.

Researcher Jackie Andrade got subjects to listen to a boring message and only write down the names given of people who, in the message, were being invited to a party. Half were told to doodle as they listened, and this seemed to help as the doodlers could later recall 29% more of the names than the non-doodlers.

It's a simple bottom line: if you want to remember more, doodle as you are listening! The only caveat, of course, is to also pay attention to what is going on and not get lost in the doodle or drift off into private daydreaming.

Reference:
Andrade, J. (2010). What does doodling do? Applied Cognitive Psychology, 24 (1), 100-106


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