You can see that you're not careful when you doodle, but science says otherwise.
Researchers in the United Kingdom found that subjects who doodled while listening to a recorded message 29 percent had a better recall of details of the message that those who did not doodle. The results were published in Applied Cognitive Psychology.
"If someone makes a boring task, like listening to a dull conversation, they begin to dream in May," study researcher Professor Jackie Andrade, the School of Psychology at the University of Plymouth, has stated in a press release issued by the magazine publisher. "Daydreaming distracts them from the task, resulting in poorer performance. A simple task, such as doodling, may be sufficient to stop the dream, without affecting performance on the main task. "
For the experience of two and a half minute list of names of people and places has been played for test subjects, who were charged to write the names of people, told to attend a party. During recording, half the participants were invited to both the shadow formed on a piece of paper without attention to cleanliness. Participants said they were taking part in a memory test.
When recording is completed, all were invited for the eight names of the participants as well as eight names of places mentioned in the audio. Guests to doodle writing, on average, 7.5 and names of places, while those who were not listed only 5.8 doodle.
"In psychology, tests of memory or attention will often use a second task to block selectively a mental," said Andrade. "If this process is important for the primary cognitive task, then performance will be affected. My research shows that the beneficial effects of secondary tasks, such as doodling on the merger in May offset the effects of selective inhibition. "
In everyday life, "said Andrade, doodling" May be something for us because it helps keep us on track with a boring task, rather than being a useless distraction that we should try to resist the action. "