A doodle is an unfocused or unconscious drawing made while a person’s attention is otherwise occupied.
Is scribbling circles on a notepad while your company’s chief inspiration officer drones on about synergy mean you have trouble focusing? Are they paying attention or mindlessly daydreaming? Do you ever wonder if doodling helps the listening process? You may be surprised…
Research Shows That Doodling Helps People Stay Focused, Grasp New Concepts and Retain Information
It’s something Sunni Brown, author of the book The Doodle Revolution, emphasizes the importance of looking at doodling as something to embrace rather than shame. and Victoria Friedman says “Doodling is our birthright. It does not require learned skills or talent or any special understanding. It lies dormant within the unlimited cache of Creativity. The released expression in every doodle is ever-new and totally unique.”
Leaders, from Bill Gates to any of the 21 former presidents have doodled. Doodles have been found tucked into their private papers and letters (and those are just the ones we know about). So just what can doodling do for a our brain as we learn, analyse, and create? Long dismissed as a waste of time, doodling is getting new respect.
Recent research in neuroscience, psychology and design shows that doodling can help people stay focused, grasp new concepts and retain information. A blank page also can serve as an extended playing field for the brain, allowing people to revise and improve on creative thoughts and ideas.
Doodles are spontaneous marks that can take many forms, from abstract patterns or designs to images of objects, landscapes, people or faces. Some people doodle by retracing words or letters, but doodling doesn’t include note-taking.
“It’s a thinking tool,” says Sunni Brown
Aids Memory Recall, Reasoning and Engagement
Doodling actually stops us daydreaming and getting distracted believe it or not and not surprisingly when a we are not daydreaming, we are much better at recall, reasoning, and engagement. In one study conducted by Jackie Andrade at the University of Plymouth, subjects were made to listen to a rambling phone message and then given a pop quiz on what was said. Subjects that were asked to doodle throughout the message were able to recall a solid 29% more than their non-doodling counterparts, indicating significantly better recall. In another study out of the University of Nottingham, students who were asked to make visual notes while reading science materials demonstrated better reasoning, clarification and engagement than those who were asked to write summaries or just read.
Of course, doodling is not a cure all. Doodling can become a distraction. What’s more, as most of us know, not all doodlers are retaining much information at all. there is even an app called Doodle calendar!! and there’s Doodle Buddy Gold apparently the most fun you can have with your finger! Finger paint with your favorite colors and drop in playful stamps. Connect with a friend to draw together over the Internet. And finally there is a book to help us get going called:
Yes, you’re never too old to doodle! happy doodling!
Go well till the next time