Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Memory and Doodling

Though it may seem like a distraction, scribbling while listening can help you recall details later.
Can’t seem to remember anything anyone tells you? Grab a pen and start doodling. Engaging in this mindless act while listening to someone talk can actually help you recall the information later.

A small study in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology found that people who were given the task of doodling while listening to a dull phone message had a 29 percent better recollection, compared with those who didn’t doodle. The researchers believe that this simple act helps keep people’s minds from wandering so they can pay better attention to what is being said. So the next time you want to remember important information, grab a pen and start scribbling.

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