Study Finds Doodling Helps With Retention

IMG SRC=”http://www.healthnewsblog.com/pics/doodles.jpg” ALIGN=”RIGHT” ALT=”Doodles”The BBC A HREF=”http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7912671.stm”reports/A that a new study has found that doodling may help with memory recall. Doodlers performed 29% better in the study than non-doodlers. The scientists said the doodling may keep people from distracting daydreaming and help keep them focused on the tasks at hand.
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Plymouth University researchers carried out memory tests on 40 volunteers, asking them to listen to a phone call and recall names and places.
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Doodlers performed 29% better than non-doodlers, the team found.
Experts said doodling stopped people from daydreaming, which was a more taxing diversion, and so was good at helping people focus on mundane tasks.
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During the study, half of the volunteers were asked to colour in shapes on a piece of paper while they listened to a 2.5 minute telephone message.
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It might help even more if your doodles are related to what you are trying to learn or remember.
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