Subjects listened to a "dull phone message," and those who were told to color shapes while listening to the message had a 29 percent imp`roved memory recall compared to non-doodling subjects.
The phone message listed names of people going to a party and party locations. Those who doodled during the message recalled an average of 7.5 of the eight party-goers and eight locations compared to 5.9 by the non-doodlers.
"If someone is doing a boring task, like listening to a dull telephone conversation, they may start to daydream," says Jackie Andrade, University of Plymouth researcher, in a press release. "Daydreaming distracts them from the task, resulting in poorer performance. A simple task, like doodling, may be sufficient to stop daydreaming without affecting performance on the main task."
In addition to recalling names and locations, subjects who doodled also recalled other information from the message, suggesting doodling allowed for better concentration, Andrade further explained in an email response.
“Although we didn’t test understanding, my assumption is that they would have understood material better too,” she says.
This gives promise to students and business people stuck in a boring lecture or meeting who might be scolded for "not paying attention," when in fact, they’re more likely to recall the information if allowed to doodle.Share Post: | Stumble | Share on Facebook | Tweet This |