Does doodling actually increase your ability to pay attention?


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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