Doodle By John Clouds Summary

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Going through six to seven hours of school on a five-hour sleep schedule isn 't exactly the most exciting thing in my life right now. And guess what? I have to work on this project (a.k.a. I-Search) for the next FIVE weeks and to be honest it is really a pain in the neck. As I was sitting there in class listening to the teacher talks about this project and at the same time complaining about the workload (mostly because we need to conduct an interview), I unconsciously, with the pencil in my hand, started to doodle. (Doodles are spontaneous marks that can take many forms, from abstract patterns or designs to images of objects, landscapes, people or faces. Some people doodle by retracing words or letters, but doodling doesn 't include note-taking.) I drew random objects that don 't even make sense. I had a bunch of faces (emojis) drawn all over my notebook and a bunch of lines that intertwine so many times that you can’t even see them as “lines.” Maybe it’s just because I don 't have the “artistic gene” in me. A lot of people (instructors) hate doodlers, those who idly scribble during meetings (or classes or trials or…show more content…
The author, John Cloud, of this article, “Study: Doodling Helps You Pay Attention," talked about a study that was published in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology. Psychologist Jackie Andrade of the University of Plymouth in southern England showed that doodlers actually remember more than non-doodlers when asked to retain tediously delivered information, like, say, during a boring meeting or a lecture. In her small but rigorous study, Andrade separated 40 participants into two groups of 20. All 40 had just finished an unrelated psychological experiment, and many were thinking of going home (or to the pub). They were asked, instead, whether they wouldn 't mind spending an additional five minutes helping with research. The participants were led into a quiet room and asked to listen to a 2½-min. tape that they were told would be
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