Saturday, February 28, 2009

Doodle, doodle -- do

Are you one of those who was always getting in trouble in school for doodling during those boring lectures?  Do you often find yourself with pen in hand, sketching, while attending an endless meeting at work? 

Well, a new study in LiveScience says that this habit is actually good for you, and helps you retain MORE information during boring exchanges.  The study, conducted in England, involved 40 test subjects in a boring phone call (with lots of names  and places) -- half who doodled, half who didn't.  Guess what? The doodlers had 29 percent better recall of the facts than the non-doodlers. 

Explanation?  Doodling may keep you from drifting off into a daydream, says University of Plymouth psychology professor Jackie Andrade:  "Daydreaming distracts one 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."

So go ahead, doodle away!  

 

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