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Keep doodling! Science proves it helps memory and focus

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.

If only I had a time-machine to go back to school and show teachers this article every time they told me to stop doodling and pay attention.

Community Comments

#1 b.j. dewey
@ 7:21 pm

Science is finally realizing what we doodlers have always suspected! Thanks for the article and video.

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