Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Doodle

Is it rude to Doodle while someone is saying something important? How about doodling while listening to a dull message?

Validation at Last. Blasting over the airwaves was a result of a "study" ( todays version of Holy Scripture ...don't get me started ) and the results proved that those that doodled while they listened to a lecture or talk actually retained more comprehension and memory of what was said.

One of the Research Professor said:

"This study suggests that 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."

Could it be that there are separate programs in our brain designed to multitask? Can this operation be trained? I know for a fact that I have caught myself daydreaming while driving and have " awoken " myself to see that I still am driving between the stripped lines on the road. How could this be!

So for today, if your teacher, pastor, motivational speaker or boss catches you doodling while an important message is being delivered just say "Studies Now Prove" that doodling while listening to a lecture improves comprehension and attention.

The above doodles were done at different periods but all were done at a Christian Conference or while a sermon of profound importance was being delivered. I have to say that taking notes also helps!

Here is the link in Science Daily http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090226210039.htm



  1. I guess I can't lecture my wife about doodling during church anymore. Instead, I won't feel guilty about joining her!

  2. I am here to help marriages last and create better understanding between the sexes. As my pastor said on Sunday while I doodled..." Work out your marriages with Fear and Trembling"

  3. This post is a response to Jeremy ~

    I wonder what your wife's doodles would look like of your 'lecture' - lecturing her not to doodle during important sermons... Hee hee.

  4. Susan, so true! Since I am 6'7", she usually draws extremely long legs with a teenie little head. I guess all she would have to add would be a nagging finger.