I’ve posted before about the positives and negatives of daydreaming. Looks like doodling may increase your ability to pay attention when your mind is tempted to wander:
Via The Science of Sin: The Psychology of the Seven Deadlies (and Why They Are So Good For You):
Now, we know that mind-wandering can hamper memory performance on such tests. Does doodling offer some protection against this? The results of Andrade’s study: doodlers recalled 29 percent more information than nondoodlers did.
Precisely why doodling offers this protection is not quite clear, but for now here’s a free yet sage piece of advice: When you’re sitting through your next long, slow, mind-numbing Monday morning meeting (or while you’re reading the rest of this book), doodle.
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