Thursday, March 12, 2009

Doodling

I feel vindicated after listening to a report on NPR about how doodlers tend to retain more of what they are listening to - because doodling is mental stimulation and actually keeps your mind on track. Instead of daydreaming and missing what's going on, doodling actually ocupies your mind enough to keep the rest of you present. Jackie Andrade who is a University of Plymouth professor of psychology who tested what function doodling had by playing a tape of someone more or less rambling in a fairly monotonus tone. Those that had been given a doodling task had retained 29% more of what they had heard than those who had not been. So, doodling actually helps focus your attention. So there. The NPR website has also posted examples of presidential doodles.

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