Thursday, February 25, 2010

Doodling helps memory?

I found an article that I thought might be interesting to the students in the class being that we are all in art school. It has to do with the action of doodling, which most of us probably do. This article describes a study that suggests doodling while listening can actually help one retain information better, resulting in remembering details clearer and more precise. To test this theory, subjects were given a doodling task while listening to a dull phone message. Those who doodled had a 29% improved recall compared to those who did not doodle. According to study researcher Professor Jackie Andrade, Ph.D. of the School of Psychology, University of Plymouth, “If someone is doing a boring task, they may start to daydream. A simple task, like doodling, may be sufficient to stop daydreaming without affecting performance on the main task.” I thought this was interesting because usually people associate doodling with not paying attention. Perhaps this study will influence teachers to refrain from yelling at students who doodle during class. 

Emily Yolleck

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