Monday, March 02, 2009

Doodling (not paying attention) seems to aid memory

Study shows people who doodle when listening to, say, someone talking, helps them remember what's being said about 29 percent better, according to a Plymouth University study (BBC).  This doesn't seem to make sense unless you're a person that chronically doodles when people are saying important things to you (like most of us here at Pound360), but always remember what's being said (um, wait, we actually don't remember anything).

Still, it's hard to argue with the numbers.

How could this be?  One researcher suggests it keeps your mind from wandering, you know, day dreaming.  "A simple task, like doodling," however, "may be sufficient to stop daydreaming without affecting performance on the main task."

(image by nuance via flickr)

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