Doodling while listening can help with remembering details, rather than implying that the mind is wandering as is the common perception. According to doodle research in a study published in 2009 in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology, subjects given a doodling task while listening to a dull phone message had a 29% improved recall compared to their non-doodling counterparts.
According to a recent NPR article, doodlers are in good company.
Gates is a doodler, and he’s not alone. Lyndon Johnson doodled. Ralph Waldo Emerson doodled. Ronald Reagan drew pictures of cowboys, horses and hearts crossed with arrows. Most of us doodle at one point or another. But why?”
Because our brains need to constantly process information, doodling is not necessarily a bad sign. To learn more, read this NPR article, Bored? Try Doodling to Keep the Brain on Task, by Alix Spiegel.
This Readers Digest article is also a good one, focusing on 6 benefits of doodling:
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