Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Doodles Help Memory Retention

For many years I have been one of those folks who doodles in meetings. I'm quite fond of stars, in particular, as you can see in this photo from a meeting I attended in October last year.

Fortunately for me, and others of my kind, this is now more acceptable. And for good reason. A story in "Applied Cognitive Psychology" earlier this year reported that people who doodled while listening to a boring tape remembered almost 30 percent more a minute later than those who took notes.

So, there you go.

Please don't assume that because I'm drawing or scribbling that I'm not listening. I'm just listening differently.

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