Thursday, September 29, 2011

People Who Doodle Learn Faster

New research published recently shows that doodling helps you learn. In fact, say scientists, students should be encouraged to doodle while they take notes in class.

"A doodle is an unfocused drawing made while a person's attention is otherwise occupied. Doodles are simple drawings that can have concrete representational meaning or may just be abstract shapes."

I remember drawing one of our nationalist heroes Rentap in my Form 3 History text book, and that book got into my junior's hand. She told me it was entertaining and helped her at it.
And in high school, I noticed that physicists doodle a lot; movement of planets, objects, propagation of light, etc. My notes are littered with funny diagrams, phrases and questions so it would be hilarious if it somehow got into someone else's possession.
The thing is, our brain loves diagram, or any funny and entertaining jokes, stories. So by doodling (about the topic at hand, mind you),  you can engage people who might otherwise not pay attention; it helps them learn how information is presented; it inspires learning and retention of information; and it can assist people in communicating that information later.

So, go ahead and draw in the margins. It's helping you get the most out of that boring meeting — science says so!


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