Friday, February 27, 2009

Doodling Improves Memory, Reduces Daydreaming

Doodling Improves Memory, Reduces Daydreaming: "We usually think of doodling as a sign that someone isn't paying attention, but, according to a new study, doodling actually improves memory recall. It's good news for celebrity doodlers and bored office workers alike.

For the study, published today in Applied Cognitive Psychology 40 volunteers were asked to listen to a boring two and a half minute phone message that gave the names of several people and places, reports EurekAlert. Half of the participants were asked to shade in shapes without paying attention to neatness while they were listening, and the other half were not. After the test, they were asked to write down the names and places that were mentioned in the message."