Does Doodling Make You Smarter

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” — study about doodling.pdf.

I’m not a doodler, but if I find myself daydreaming on a telephone call or in a meeting, I’ll start doodling. How about you; are you a doodler?

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One thought on “Does Doodling Make You Smarter

  1. I’m not a doodler but maybe I should start. I can’t seemed to remember names at all so even a 10% improvement would be great.

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