What does doodling do? – Andrade – 2009 – Applied Cognitive Psychology – Wiley Online Library

22 Jun

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/acp.1561/abstract

Abstract

Doodling is a way of passing the time when bored by a lecture or telephone call. Does it improve or hinder attention to the primary task? To answer this question, 40 participants monitored a monotonous mock telephone message for the names of people coming to a party. Half of the group was randomly assigned to a ‘doodling’ condition where they shaded printed shapes while listening to the telephone call. The doodling group performed better on the monitoring task and recalled 29% more information on a surprise memory test. Unlike many dual task situations, doodling while working can be beneficial. Future research could test whether doodling aids cognitive performance by reducing daydreaming. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

@CBS Sunday Morning footnoted their Cover Story for June 22nd 2014 with above; also mentioned Sunni Brown’s “Doodling Revolution” – all of it as I dared doodle at work recently.

Go figure (pun intended!)

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