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Doodling should be encouraged in boring meetings, claims psychologist

February 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Meeting time. The most dreaded time of the day. And one which can be the most painful when you have not completed your quota of sleep.

According to a British psychologist, Doodling could be the solution.

Here is an excerpt from the original article

The next time you are caught doodling in a meeting, declare that you are simply trying to boost your concentration.

Rather than being frowned upon, doodling should be actively encouraged in meetings because it improves our ability to pay attention, a British psychologist claims.

A study that compared how well people remembered details of a dull monologue found that those who doodled throughout retained more information than those who tried to sit and listen.

Jackie Andrade, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Plymouth, UK, believes that when people are stuck in a boring meeting or listening to a tedious conversation, their minds naturally begin to wander.

“A simple task like doodling may be sufficient to stop daydreaming without affecting performance on the main task,” she said. “In everyday life, doodling may be something we do because it helps to keep us on track with a boring task, rather than being an unnecessary distraction that we should try to resist doing.”

This article was originally posted on Guardian. Link to original post

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