22 December 2009

Doodling

Marginal Revolution | Tyler Cowen | A very interesting paragraph

Andrade said more research is obviously needed to find out how doodling helps us maintain our attention. However, her theory is that by using up slightly more mental resources, doodling helps prevent the mind from wandering off the boring primary task into daydream land. This study is part of an emerging recognition in psychology that secondary tasks aren't always a distraction from primary tasks, but can sometimes actually be beneficial.

There is more information here.

Ha ha! My incessant doodling has been vindicated by SCIENCE! Just as I always suspected.

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